A new male surgeon may be heading to the next season of Grey's Anatomy to replace Patrick Dempsey, it has been revealed, following the shocking and sudden departure of his character Dr Derek Shepherd last season.

Credit: ABC

Credit: ABC

TV Line is reporting that creator Shonda Rhimes is now undertaking a search for a new male to take up residence of place of work at Seattle Grace Hospital - apparently one who is well-known, handsome and can appear credible as a gifted surgeon.

ABC President Paul Lee has recently clarified that the 12th season of Grey's Anatomy won't be its last, and the long-running drama series will continue on past it.

Dempsey also spoke out to insist that despite him leaving Grey's, it doesn't mean he's completely retiring from acting.

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