“Grey’s Anatomy” Seems To Be Running Out Of Characters

First, Preston Burke left Cristina Yang heartbroken at the altar, after a scandal erupted when Isiah Thomas called T.R. Knight a gay slur on set. Next, Addison Montgomery took off to start her own private practice. Then, George O’Malley was killed in a bus accident. Last month, Katherine Heigl appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly to announce that Isobel Stevens was being written off the show so she could focus on her real-life family. Shortly after, rumors arose that Patrick Dempsey was on his way out, too, when an episode description read, “After learning at a deposition that more of his patients have died than survived, Derek Sheperd decides to quit.” ABC quickly put out a press release saying that Dempsey was staying.

But now people are whispering that Ellen Pompeo, aka Meredith Grey, aka the one “Grey’s Anatomy” is named after, wants out, too. As the rumor goes, Pompeo is bummed that so many of the original cast members are out and is just generally over the show. Ellen sat down with “Extra” to address the rumors, and while she says she’s in for another two years, she hardly sounded happy about it. “I haven’t said I’m moving on,” she explained. “I said that when my contract is up after season 8, I would probably not renew. I think the world has had a lot of Meredith Grey.” [People, Just Jared]

Egads. If the Dempsey and Pompeo rumors turn out to be true, will there even be a show left?