(CNN) — People magazine has named actor Patrick Dempsey as this year’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’.
The news was revealed on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Released in the episode. With Dempsey’s voice and face obscured, members of the public asked him questions to try to identify him.
“I’m glad they made a decision and it was me this year,” Dempsey told Kimmel.
Dempsey joked that his family was delighted when they learned his new title: “They laughed so hard. They were like, ‘No, seriously, who is this?’
She told PEOPLE how the “Grey’s Anatomy” actor reacted when he heard the news In an interview published on Tuesday He was “absolutely shocked.”
“Then I started laughing and said, ‘It’s a joke, right?’ “I’ve always been a maid of honor!” she said. “I completely forgot about it and never imagined being in this position. So my ego feels good.”
Dempsey is best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy.
He will play Italian racing driver Piero Taruffi in the biopic “Ferrari,” due out in December.
Dempsey takes over from Chris Evans, who was crowned 2022’s Sexiest Man Alive.
When Kimmel asked Dempsey on Tuesday if Evans had called yet to “recognize him,” Dempsey said they hadn’t spoken yet.
“I’m hoping to get a call when I get off the stage tonight,” he said.