ABC put out a statement claiming Dempsey wanted to pursue other interests.On May 2, 2014, the rest of the six original cast mates, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., excluding Sandra Oh, renewed their contracts for another two seasons (11 and 12) as Drs.On January 23, 2014 it was reported that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey had renewed their contracts for another two seasons, as Drs.Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, respectively, meaning their characters would be staying on the medical drama for seasons 11 and 12. Derek Shepherd, portrayed by Patrick Dempsey, is not included in the main cast of characters. Derek Shepherd was killed off towards the end of the eleventh season in the episode "How to Save a Life", meaning he will not return for the twelfth season as previously thought.This news brings much dismay to Callie, however she still continues into a relationship with Penny causing tension between herself, Meredith and Amelia Shepherd.
On June 28, 2015, it was announced that Jessica Capshaw, whose contract expired after Season 11, had renewed her contract for another three seasons as Dr. This means that her character will be staying on the show through seasons 12 as well as possible seasons 13 and 14.On June 5, 2015 ABC announced that Jason George has been promoted to series regular status after having performed a recurring role as Dr.Ben Warren since the sixth season of the medical drama.The two start trying to work through their problems and end up have a one-night stand.