Patrick Dempsey accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy before his character was killed
Patrick Dempsey has been accused of “terrorizing the entirety” of Grey’s Anatomy and even giving some cast members “PTSD” in dramatic new claims.
The people behind his medical drama detailed Dr. McDreamy’s dark side in the unauthorized oral history of author Lynette Rice’s bestselling medical drama, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story Of Grey’s Anatomy.
In a scathing excerpt from the book published by The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer James D. Parriott explained how “HR issues” ultimately led to the death of Dempsey’s character in 2015 at the end of season 11.
Parriot – one of more than 80 sources for the book – said: ‘There were human resource issues. It was in no way sexual. He kind of terrorized the set, some cast members had all kinds of PTSD with him.
On the terror set? Patrick Dempsey has been accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy and even giving some castmates ‘PTSD’ from their experiences with him
Patrick, 55, entered the production as the biggest name, giving him instant influence, and when his character Dr. Derek Shepherd – Meredith Grey’s love interest – became a favorite heartthrob of the hours of prime time, his impact on set grew.
Parriott recalled designer Shonda Rhimes, saying: ‘It’s McDreamy. The perfect man,’
His natural charm made him beloved by many, with writer/producer Jeannine Renshaw recalling, “We all love Patrick. Patrick is a lover.
But some remembered he had too much control over production, with Parriott saying: “He had this grip on set where he knew he could shut down production and scare people.”
Frustrated: On-screen love interest Ellen Pompeo became ‘frustrated with Patrick’ and ‘would get angry because he wasn’t working as hard’, insider says
“The network and the studio went down and we had sessions with them. I think he had just finished the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.
That tension spilled over into his relationship with his on-screen love interest/future wife Pompeo, who became “frustrated with Patrick” and “would get angry because he wasn’t working as much,” according to Renshaw.
She said: “She was very keen on making sure things were fair. She just didn’t like Patrick complaining that “I’m here too late” or “I’ve been here too long” when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as him.
Renshaw then defended him saying, “He would get it”. It’s just that actors tend to see things from their own perspective.
Dempsey himself recalled how grueling the filming schedule was, saying, “It’s ten months, fifteen hours a day…
No Off-Screen Chemistry: “She was very keen on making sure things were fair,” an insider said. “She just didn’t like Patrick complaining that ‘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”
“You never know your schedule, so your child asks you, ‘What are you doing on Monday? And you say, “I don’t know,” because I don’t know my schedule. Doing this for eleven years is a challenge.
But complaints from crew and co-stars continued to pile up and as Dempsey’s relationship with Rhimes soured, his days on the show became numbered.
Renshaw said, “I think Shonda eventually witnessed it herself, and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“Shonda must have told the network, ‘If he’s not going, I’m going. “Nobody wanted him to leave, because he was the show. Him and Ellen,” she continued, adding, “Patrick is a lover.
Eviction: ‘I think Shonda eventually witnessed it herself, and that was the final straw,’ writer/producer Renshaw said of creator Rhimes, seen above in 2020
According to Parriott, the show worked out several storylines to try to keep Dempsey around, including one where his character would stay in Washington, D.C. so he could film completely separately from Pompeo and others.
But the network “ultimately decided that just bringing him back was going to be too much for the other cast members,” Parriot said.
“The studio just said it was going to be more trouble than it was worth and decided to move on.”
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Patrick for comment.
Patrick’s final scenes were filmed at a hospital in Hawthorne, California, 22 miles from the show’s home studio in order to keep his character’s death a secret.
And her on-set exit came with little to no fanfare, with costar James Pickens, Jr. previously telling ABC News that the cast “didn’t know much.”
Shhh…. Patrick’s final scenes were filmed at a hospital in Hawthorne, California, 22 miles from the show’s home studio in order to keep his character’s death a secret.
Just like heaven… Dempsey’s McDreamy would return to the series in November 2020 in a dream sequence
“It was a bit on the fly. So whatever information we got, we got it pretty much right before it happened.
Producer/director Rob Hardy recalled, “I didn’t see any other actors come in and say, ‘Hey, it’s the last day! I wanted to come and wish you luck. I did not understand. It was more Patrick’s show.
Rather than talk about working with Dempsey, Rhimes chose to remember Dr. Shepard, saying, “Derek Shepherd is and always will be an incredibly important character — to Meredith, to me, and to the fans.
“I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our McDreamy. Patrick Dempsey’s performance has shaped Derek in a way that we both hope will become a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful and ever true – of what young women should demand of modern love.Its loss will be felt by all.
Before and after: Patrick made his mark in the ’80s, directing the teen romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (above, left). Most recently, he appeared in the business drama Devils (above right) which debuted its first season last April
Dempsey’s McDreamy would make a return to the series in November 2020 in a dream sequence.
Patrick first made his mark in the ’80s, directing the teen romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989).
Most recently, he appeared in the business drama Devils, which debuted its first season last April.
The actor has been married twice and has three children with his second wife Jillian Fink.
In January 2015, Fink filed for divorce, but the couple reconciled later that year and called off their divorce on November 12, 2016.
Married man: The actor has been married twice and has three children with his second wife Jillian Fink, seen above in 2017 at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party above