Patrick Dempsey faces allegations of bad behavior on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy”.
The 55-year-old actor is perhaps best known for his appearance in the long-running ABC medical drama created by acclaimed writer Shonda Rhimes for the show’s first 11 seasons as Dr. Derek Shepard, also known as the name of “McDreamy”.
In her upcoming book, “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy,” author Lynette Rice spoke about Dempsey’s time on set – and his departure, which shocked fans and personalities alike. industry.
For the book, Rice conducted over 80 interviews with the show’s cast and crew, past and present.
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“There were HR issues. It was by no means sexual,” former executive producer James D. Parriott revealed in a clip published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Parriott produced the first two seasons of the hit series before leaving. He returned in Season 11 to oversee Dempsey’s exit.
“He kind of terrorized the set,” recalls the executive. “Some of the cast had all kinds of PTSD with him.”
This hasn’t always been the case, however, as in various other interviews, the “Enchanted” actor has been described as “so gracious and lovable”, “charismatic” and “personable”. Actress Brooke Smith even said he stood by her side and defended her even when she was fired from the show.
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However, by season 11, being the focus of the series had apparently gone to the actor’s head.
“He had that hold on set where he knew he could shut down production and scare people. The network and the studio shut down and we had sessions with them,” Parriott explained. “I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.”
Former executive producer Jeannine Renshaw recalled the tensions between Dempsey and his co-star Ellen Pompeo, who played his wife on screen. Pompeo, the producer said, would tire of Demspey’s complaints about his time on set.
Renshaw noted, however, that when reminded that others had been on set longer, the actor would calm down.
Another longtime crew member admitted Dempsey had a “schtick” but explained he was “miserable” and “had no one to talk to” after several “rogue actresses” made their way to Rhymes to complain about his behavior.
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Dempsey was also interviewed for the book and said the lucrative salaries were a huge draw for him to stay, but he was frustrated with the demanding schedule that kept him away from his family.
Renshaw recalled “the final straw”, that is, when Rhimes “witnessed [the behavior] himself.
“Shonda must have told the network, ‘If he doesn’t go, I’m going,’ she said. Nobody wanted him to leave because he was the show. Him and Ellen. Patrick is a sweetheart. Business. “
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His exit was complicated and the writers devised three possible scenarios to account for his absence, ultimately choosing to kill his character.
“It was ultimately decided that just bringing him back would be too hard on the other actors,” Parriott said. “The studio just said it was going to be more of a problem than it was worth and decided to move on.”
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Representatives for ABC and Rhimes declined to comment while representatives for Dempsey and Pompeo did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.