Ellen Pompeo Ready to Film Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 Post-Patrick Dempsey: Instagram Photo!

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo is excited to get back to work for Grey's Anatomy season 12 following Patrick Dempsey's shocking exit Courtesy Ellen Pompeo/Instagram

Meredith Grey is picking herself back up! Just a few weeks after Patrick Dempsey's shocking Grey's Anatomy exit, Ellen Pompeo is apparently more excited than ever to return to Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.

"I think I have earned the right to declare today International Grey's Anatomy Fan Appreciation Day!" Pompeo, 45, captioned a gorgeous Instagram photo on Tuesday, May 12. 

She added: "We are rolling out Season 12…All because of you…Get ready for lots of selfies."

Fans of the medical drama were left distraught and angry when Dempsey's Derek Shepherd (aka McDreamy) was killed off during the April 23 episode "How to Save a Life." Like so many others, Pompeo reacted to the news via Twitter.

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey on Grey's Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey on Grey's Anatomy Scott Garfield/ABC via Getty Images

"I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. Knowing we move you and inspire you," Pompeo tweeted after the shocker. "There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible. So it is for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored and excited to tell the store of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible."

And as it turns out, Pompeo may get her wish for several more seasons. During the Upfronts on Tuesday, May 12, ABC boss Paul Lee said that he hopes that Grey's Anatomy runs "for many, many years to come."

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