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Patrick Dempsey Talks “Grey’s Anatomy,” Saving Lives, & Fighting Cancer With Carson Daly!

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You’d think starring on one of TV’s hottest shows would keep you busy enough, but Patrick Dempsey is a man on a mission.

When the Grey’s Anatomy star isn’t otherwise occupied saving lives, both on TV and in real life, he’s also doing what he can to help fight cancer.

Sigh…no wonder they call him McDreamy!

Dempsey called into Mornings with Carson Daly today to chat about his exciting Grey’s Anatomy news and the AMGEN Tour of California bike race.

Just yesterday, news broke that Dempsey, along with his co-stars Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, and Justin Chambers, all recently re-newed their contracts to return for two more seasons. Carson asked Dempsey how he feels about the new deal:

“It’s just so nice to have a job and it continues on as a wonderful thing, so, very grateful that it’s happening. You know, very happy to have all the negotiations done and to move forward and looking forward to another couple of years of the show.”

This means Dr. Derek Shepherd will be gracing our television screens through the tenth season and when asked if the series will end after that, Dempsey had this to say:

“I would imagine, I think so. We’ll see how we feel at the end of two years, but that’s been a long run…It’s been incredible and hopefully with this next two years we can infuse some new life into the show and I know there are a lot of interesting things coming up on the last two episodes that I think will be quite moving for people.”

Dempsey also made headlines a few weeks ago after a teenager got into a major car accident outside the actor’s home. Dempsey sprung into action to help save the boy’s life and says that he is recovering nicely now.

“I think there’s a long road for him. He was really into football and I think with the head injury it’s going to be very difficult and certainly everything that’s been in the news lately with severe head trauma you have to be very careful and be very vigilant with that.”

The actor was endearingly modest while speaking with Carson and refused to take credit for his good deed. “There were a lot of people there that day. I certainly am no hero. That’s kind of got blown out of proportion. You do what you do in those situations and I’m glad he’s alive and he’s walking. It was a very scary moment.”

Dempsey is also committed to helping those suffering from cancer. On May 20, he’s riding in stage 8 of the AMGEN Tour of California bike race to support the charity Breakaway from Cancer.

“I’ve been involved with Breakaway from Cancer for a number of years now and it’s a really great group of people who are really concerned about patient advocacy, supporting patients who are going through cancer and AMGEN has done a great job. AMGEN is a bio-tech company who does a lot of work to really help patients affected with cancer to get the right medicine they need.”

You too can take part in the final stage of the AMGEN Tour of California. The course runs from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles.

Before the professional riders enter the circuits in downtown LA, Breakaway from Cancer will host a Breakaway Mile with more than 100 community members taking part to recognize and celebrate cancer survivors. The participants in the Mile are cancer survivors and their supporters.

Our very own Carson Daly will lead the Breakaway Mile alongside local Breakaway from Cancer Champion survivor and paratriathlete Danielle McLaughlin.

For more information, click here.

And to listen to the rest of Carson’s chat with Patrick Dempsey, check out the audio clip below:


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles

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