Patrick Dempsey Jokes About Ellen Pompeo’s Grey’s Anatomy Exit

Patrick Dempsey thinks he knows the real reason why Ellen Pompeo left Grey’s Anatomy. 

The actor, who starred in the ABC medical drama for its first 11 seasons, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Nov. 17 to joke why Pompeo’s character, Meredith Grey, would actually depart Grey Sloan, which was her home for the previous 19 seasons. 

After Kimmel quipped that Pompeo left because she “got caught stealing Band-Aids from the set,” Dempsey had a quick response.

“Did she really?” he asked the late night host. “Finally, they caught her.”

But Dempsey continued the bit, asking Kimmel, “Can you imagine what she would have in her house, now, from 19 seasons? A full hospital in the basement!” The two ultimately decided that if they get injured, they’ll be calling Pompeo first.

In reality, Pompeo “scaled back” her Grey’s Anatomy role in season 19, appearing in just eight of the season’s 20 episodes. Her final appearance is set to be Feb. 23. But the actress already has her next gig lined up

: She’ll be starring and executive producing in a Hulu limited series based on the true story of a Midwestern couple who thinks they adopted a young girl with a rare form of dwarfism—until they realize she’s been hiding something from them.