It has been over five years since Patrick dempsey cleaned of Grey’s Anatomy, after 11 seasons as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd. Yet so far little was known about this exactly led to its high level release. This changes with the publication of How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy. From an excerpt from the unauthorized book, published by Hollywood journalist Thursday, Dempsey’s alleged internal feuds with the two costar Ellen Pompeo and creator Shonda rhime led to his ouster.
“There were HR issues”, former executive producer James D. Parriott said to the author of the book, Weekly entertainment editor in general Lynette Rice. “It wasn’t sexual in any way. He kind of terrorized the set. Some of the cast had all kinds of PTSD with him. Parriott continued,” He had this hold on set where he knew he could. stop production and scare people. The network and the studio went down and we had sessions with them. I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming to work every day. days He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.
Former executive producer Jeannine Renshaw agreed that Dempsey’s offscreen dynamic with Pompeo had also deteriorated. âThere were times when Ellen was frustrated with Patrick and she got angry that he wasn’t working as hard,â Renshaw told Rice. âShe was very committed to making sure things were right. She just didn’t like Patrick complaining about “I’m here too late” or “I’ve been here too long” when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as he did. The producer said when she reminded Dempsey that everyone has a demanding schedule, ‘he would get it,’ adding: ‘It’s just that actors tend to see things from their own point of view. of view. He is like a childâ¦. He’s the kid in the class who wants to go to recess.
During Dempsey’s interview for the book, he admitted he resented the Grey’s calendar. âIt’s 10 months, 15 hours a day. You never know your schedule, so your kid asks you, âWhat are you doing on Monday? “And you say,” I don’t know “, because I don’t know my schedule,” he explained. âDoing this for 11 years is a challenge. But you have to be thankful because you are well paid so you can’t really complain because you don’t really have any rights.
Dempsey continued: “He [was] hard to say no to that kind of money. How to say no to that? It’s remarkable to be a working actor, and on top of that, to be in a visible series. And on top of that, to be on a phenomenal show known around the world and play a character who is loved around the world. It is very exhilarating. This [was] a lot of stuff to deal with, and I don’t want to let go of that, because you never know if you’re going to work again and be successful again.
Things came to a boiling point, apparently, when Rhimes witnessed tensions with Dempsey himself. “Shonda must have told the network, ‘If he doesn’t go, I’m going,'” said Renshaw. âNo one wanted him to leave, because he was the show. Him and Ellen. Patrick is a lover. This messes you up, this business.
Parriott said the series flirted with three different storylines for Dempsey’s departure. One had McDreamy remaining on the show but relegated to a screenplay in Washington, DC, separate from the rest of the cast. Another would see Derek live, “and we’ll find out what Derek’s relationship would be with Meredith.” In the end, the team “decided that just bringing him back would be too hard on the other players,” Parriott recalled. “The studio just said it was going to be more of a problem than it was worth and decided to move on.”
Dempsey shockingly left the show in 2015 after his character died in a car crash. “I don’t think there is a way to leave him without dying,” said the former producer. Stacy McKee. âHe and Meredith were an incredibly bonded couple at the time. It would be completely out of character if he left his children.