Patrick Dempsey accused of 'terrorizing the set' of 'Grey's Anatomy' before his exit

In a new book about the landmark series, one 'Grey's Anatomy' producer recalled 'HR issues' swirling around actor Patrick Dempsey before his departure.

9/17/2021 5:17:00 AM

In a new book about the landmark series, one 'Grey's Anatomy' producer recalled 'HR issues' swirling around actor Patrick Dempsey before his departure.

In a new book about the landmark series, one 'Grey's Anatomy' producer recalled 'HR issues' swirling around actor Patrick Dempsey before his departure.

.At one point in the unauthorized account — which includes interviews with cast members and creatives — a former executive producer on the program accuses Dempsey of “terrorizing the set” ahead of his fan-favorite character Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd’s sudden demise.

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“There were HR issues,” James D. Parriott said in the excerpt. “It wasn’t sexual in any way. He was sort of terrorizing the set. Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him. He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people.

Advertisement“The network and the studio came down and we had sessions with them. I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda [Rhimes, who created the show,] were at each other’s throats.”

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“There were times where Ellen was frustrated with Patrick and she would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,” Renshaw said. “She was very big on having things be fair. She just didn’t like that Patrick would complain 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 brought it up to Patrick, I would say, ‘Look around you. These people have been here since six thirty a.m.’ He would go, ‘Oh, yeah.’ He would get it.”According to Renshaw, the “last straw” occurred when writer-creator Rhimes, who had received complaints, finally witnessed Dempsey’s alleged misconduct firsthand. McDreamy was later written off the show, killed in a brutal car accident.

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AdvertisementBy Dempsey’s account, he calmly welcomed the plot twist after 11 years of grueling, unpredictable production schedules. Though he claimed to have considered quitting the show previously, he ultimately decided to stay for the money and success the role of McDreamy afforded him.

“I don’t remember the date [I got the news],” he told Rice. “It was not in the fall. Maybe February or March. It was just a natural progression. And the way everything was unfolding 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.’”

In contrast to the allegations made against Dempsey, multiple cast and crew members interviewed for Rice’s book depicted him as a kind and welcoming presence who cooperated peacefully when his time on the Emmy-winning series was up.“I very quietly left,” Dempsey said. “It was beautiful. It was raining, which was really touching. I got in my Panamera, got in rush-hour traffic, and two hours later I was home.”

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