Patrick Dempsey accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy causing ‘HR issues’ and leaving cast with ‘PTSD’ before his character was killed off
Patrick Dempsey has been accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy and even giving some castmates ‘PTSD.’
The people behind the his medical drama opened up about the dark side of Dr. McDreamy in the unauthorized oral history of the hit 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 the ‘HR issues’ eventually lead to Dempsey’s character getting killed off in season 11.
‘There were HR issues. It wasn’t sexual in any way. He sort of was terrorizing the set, Parriot said. ‘Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.’
On set terror? Patrick Dempsey has been accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy and even giving certain castmates ‘PTSD’ from their experiences with him
Patrick came into the production as the biggest name, giving him instant influence.
And when his character Dr. Derek Shepherd became primetime’s favorite heartthrob, his impact on set only increased.
His natural charm made him well-liked by many, with writer/producer Jeannine Renshaw recalling: ‘We all love Patrick. Patrick is a sweetheart.’
But some remembered him having too much sway over the production, with Parriot saying: ‘He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people.’
‘The network and 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 were at each other’s throats.’
That tension boiled over into his relationship with on-screen love interest Ellen Pompeo, who became ‘frustrated with Patrick’ and ‘would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,’ according to Renshaw.
‘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,’ she explained, later defending him by saying: ‘He would get it. It’s just that actors tend to see things from their own perspective.’