had his fans' hearts pounding when he hinted to Italian Vogue
that he won't be returning
to Grey's Anatomy
after next year, the show's eighth season.
"It will be my last," Dempsey said. "I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters but for me it's done."
However, Dempsey's rep later clarified the quote to Entertainment Weekly
. "He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season," the rep said, "and we have no idea what the future holds."