Now it seems that he may have to put away those golf clubs and get out the stethoscope again. According to E! Online, McDreamy misspoke. Kind of.
His rep. told E! News that when Dempsey told Italian 'Vanity Fair' that "It's gonna be my last. ... For me it's done," what he really meant was: "He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds."
So that's all cleared up then. Several members of the 'Grey's' cast -- including Ellen Pompeo -- have contracts expiring at the end of Season 8 and right now it's all up in the air. It's possible that there could be a mass exodus, but it's also possible that some of them will be renewed.
One thing's certain: The next round of contract negotiations could well turn up a few surprises for cast members and fans alike. Last week Pompeo told TVLine.com that "No one has asked us to come back after Season 8, so I couldn't presume that I'm coming back ... if I haven't been invited."
Pompeo went on record back in the fall to say that she probably wouldn't extend her contract, and Chyler Leigh -- who, of course, plays her character's sister, Lexie Grey -- hinted that she would be willing to step up to the plate in her place.
"I would totally take that on -- if that were to be the case," Leigh told a Fancast Q&A. "I don't know where Ellen is [on that subject], but that would seem like the logical next step."
'Grey's has survived losing stars such as Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight in the past, and Kate Walsh left to star in the spin-off drama, 'Private Practice.'
There's been no word yet from 'Grey's creator and exec producer Shonda Rhimes on the fate of any of the characters, so stay tuned for updates.
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 8 is due to premiere on ABC in the fall, airing Thursdays at 9PM ET.