Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo Interview

Ellen Pompeo Extols Grey's Anatomy's 'Amazing' Post-McDreamy Success

The fact that Grey’s Anatomy didn’t flatline in the wake of Patrick Dempsey’s exit last season has not gone unnoticed by Ellen Pompeo.

On Monday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actress playfully reflects on the ABC drama’s impressive ratings performance in the wake of McDreamy’s death last April, saying, “It’s amazing how much you get done without a penis.”

Pompeo adds, “We miss him dearly, but, yes, the show is doing very well… A lot of people were upset about his departure, which is super-understandable. But I think change is part of reason the show goes on for so long. I think people tune in to see, ‘What does the show look like now? What is Meredith going to do without Derek? They get so upset about the change, but change is precisely what everyone always needs to get to the next place.”

Watch the clip below, and then hit the comments with your thoughts!