Grey’s Anatomy fans have finally received confirmation about Meredith Grey’s coronavirus diagnosis, thanks to a little slip up from Patrick Dempsey.
The actor – who made his surprise return to the hit medical drama in the season 17 premiere – gave the update during his appearance on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Patrick, 54, explained how his appearance came about as he said: ‘I was like, what a great opportunity for people and how great it would be for the fans, really, to see everybody reunited in this sort of bizarre way.
‘And [showrunner Krista Vernoff] came up with this concept where I would come and visit [Meredith] in her COVID dream.’
When asked how many more episodes he will be in this season, the actor teased: ‘I’m not sure how many. I know I’m throughout this season, he comes back to visit.’
Patrick revealed why he loved the way his character returned as he added: ‘There are so many souls that we have lost right now so the idea of having angels around us is very comforting, at least to me.
‘The impact of the [fan] response has been incredibly overwhelming and very moving.’
Fans couldn’t believe their eyes when Derek and Meredith reunited in the final 30 seconds of last week’s episode.
Derek, aka McDreamy, was killed off in 2015 and life has never been the same since for any of the staff at Grey’s.
Lifting the lid on Patrick’s cameo, showrunner Krista Vernoff explained in a statement: ‘We had to come up with creative ways to allow our show to still be fun and romantic and provide some escapism. Enter Patrick Dempsey.
‘The beach motif—which will continue beyond the premiere – provided a way for us to live outside the pandemic even for a little while here and there.
‘And Derek’s return provided pure joy for us, for Meredith, and for the fans. Season 17 has been a Herculean effort by our cast, our crew, our writers, and our partners at Disney and ABC – and we are proud of it.’
She continued: ‘But our effort is nothing compared to the work of our Frontline healthcare workers to whom this season is dedicated. We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks to protect them and each other.
‘As Derek Shepherd would say, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.”’
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