By Terri Schwartz May 12th, 2015
ABC President Paul Lee has big plans for "Grey's Anatomy," even in the wake of star Patrick Dempsey's exit. The series is heading into Season 12, and Lee wants it to keep going for years after that.
He confirms to reporters that Season 12 is "absolutely not" "Grey's" final season, and adds, "I would like to see [it] run for many, many years to come."
Calling "Grey's Anatomy" a "powerful, vibrant" brand with an "incredibly passionate" audience, Lee also credits creator Shonda Rhimes with the reason the show will stay on the air.
"'Grey's Anatomy' is written by one of the best writers in television," he says. "I know she has great plans for next season and many years beyond."
So does she. After reporters tweeted Lee's comments about whether or not "Grey's" would end, Rhimes tweeted back, "Exactly! Why would it be the final season?"