Patrick Dempsey faces charges of misconduct on the set “Grey’s Anatomy”.
The 55-year-old actress is perhaps best known for appearing in ABC’s longtime medical drama created by famed author Shonda Rhimes for the show’s first 11 seasons as Dr. Derek Shepard, also known as “McDreamy.”
In her upcoming book “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy”, author Lynette Rice opened up about Dempsey’s time on the set – and his departure, which shocked both fans and the industry.
For the book, Rice conducted over 80 interviews with cast and crew members in the show, both 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 an excerpt published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Parriott produced the first two seasons of the hit show before leaving. He returned in season 11 to oversee Dempsey’s exit.
“He was terrorizing the set,” the director recalled. “Some actors had all sorts of PTSD with them.”
It wasn’t always that way, but as in various other interviews, the “Enchanted” actor was described as “so gracious and lovely,” “charismatic,” and “naked.” Actress Brooke Smith even told that he was standing next to her and even defending her when she was fired from the show.
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But in season 11, apparently being the center of the show had gone to the actor’s head.
“He had this grip on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people. The network and the studio came down and we had sessions with them,” Parriott explained. “I think he just finished the show. He did not like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.”
Former executive producer Jeannine Renshaw recalled the tension between Dempsey and his co-star Ellen Pompeo, who played his wife on screen. Pompeo, the manufacturer said, would get tired of Demspey’s complaints about how long he had been at the counter.
Renshaw noted, however, that the actor would calm down after being reminded that others had been on set longer.
Another longtime crew member admitted that Dempsey had a “schtick” but explained that he was “miserable” and “had no one to talk to” even more “junk actresses” went to Rimes with complaints about his behavior.
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Dempsey was also interviewed for the book, saying the lucrative pay days were a big draw for him to stay, but that he was frustrated by the demanding schedule that kept him away from his family.
Renshaw remembered “the last straw,” which was when Rhimes “witnessed [the behavior] herself.
“Shonda had to say to the network, ‘If he does not go, I will go,’ she said. No one wanted him to leave because he was the show. Him and Ellen. Patrick is a boyfriend. It’s messing you up, this business. “
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His exit was complicated, and the writers made three possible stories to accommodate his absence, eventually choosing to kill his character.
“It was ultimately decided that just bringing him back would be too hard for the other players,” Parriott said. “The studio just said it would be more hassle than it was worth, and decided to move on.”
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Reps for ABC and Rhimes declined to comment, while representatives of Dempsey and Pompeo did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.