The release of “Grey’s Anatomy” by Patrick Dempsey is even more complicated
A new McDrama has surfaced in connection with McDreamy’s shocking exit from long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter posted a juicy snippet from “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy,” entertainment reporter Lynette Rice’s upcoming book on the beloved series. It details the circumstances of star Patrick Dempsey’s departure in season 11.
At one point in the unauthorized account – which includes interviews with cast members and creatives – a former executive producer of the show accuses Dempsey of “terrorizing the set” before the sudden disappearance of his fan favorite character, Derek. “McDreamy” Shepherd.
“There were HR issues,” James D. Parriott said in the excerpt. “It was by no means sexual. He kind of terrorized the set. Some of the cast had all kinds of PTSD with him. 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. Him and Shonda [Rhimes, who created the show,] were at each other’s throats.
Another former executive producer of the show, Jeannine Renshaw, recalled observing tensions between Dempsey and costar Ellen Pompeo, who played face to face as love interests for years.
“There were times when Ellen got frustrated with Patrick and she got mad because he wasn’t working as hard, ”Renshaw said. “She was very committed to making sure things were right. 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.
“When I told Patrick about it, I was like, ‘Look around you. These people have been here since six-thirty in the morning. ‘He’d say,’ Oh, yeah. ‘ He would understand.
According to Renshaw, the “last straw” came when writer-creator Rhimes, who had received complaints, finally witnessed firsthand Dempsey’s alleged misconduct. McDreamy was later struck off the show, killed in a brutal car crash.
“Shonda must have told the network, ‘If he doesn’t go, I’m going,'” Renshaw continued. “No one wanted him to leave, because he was the show. Him and Ellen. Patrick is a lover. This messes you up, this business.
According to Dempsey’s account, he calmly greeted the rebound after 11 years of grueling and unpredictable production schedules. Although he claimed to have considered quitting the show before, he ultimately decided to stay for the money and success that the role of McDreamy brought him.
“I don’t remember the date [I got the news]He told Rice. “It wasn’t in the fall. Maybe February or March. It was just a natural progression. And the way everything was going in a very organic way, it was like, ‘Okay! This is obviously the right time. Things happened very quickly. We were like, “Oh, this is where it’s going to go. “
Contrary to allegations made against Dempsey, several of the cast and crew interviewed for Rice’s book described him as a gracious and welcoming presence who cooperated peacefully at the end of his time on the Emmy-winning series. .
“I left very quietly, ”Dempsey said. “It was beautiful. It was raining, which was really touching. I got into my Panamera, in rush hour traffic and two hours later I was home.
Earlier this year, McDreamy made a buzzing return to “Grey’s Anatomy,” fittingly in a dream streak. Dempsey is one of the many actors who left the show and have since been reinstated in the narrative.
A representative for the actor did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment on Thursday.
“Derek Shepherd is and always will be an incredibly important character – to Meredith, to me and to the fans, ”Rhimes said in the clip.
“I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our McDreamy. Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope to become a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful, and still true – of what young women should demand from modern love. . His loss will be felt by all.
“How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy” will be released on September 21.