The favorite character from the 'Grey's Anatomy' was a tyrant - Patrick Dempsey 'terrorized the set'

Actor Patrick Dempsey, who became famous for his role in the series "Grey's Anatomy" as 'Dr. Derek Shepard', announced in April that there was a possibility for him to return to the series, even though his character passed away in the 11th season. However, his colleagues accused him of tyranny, so it is now questionable whether he will ever be part of this cast again.

Sep 17, 2021 - 11:15
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The favorite character from the 'Grey's Anatomy' was a tyrant - Patrick Dempsey 'terrorized the set'

Some colleagues from the set described in detail the dark side of the famous Dr. Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and emphasized that they have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of him.

These claims can be found in a book by author Lynette Rice, who recounted a 16-year collaboration with the team from the series "Grey's Anatomy," called "How to Save a Life: The Inside Story Of Gray's Anatomy."

In a scathing excerpt from the book published by The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer James D. Parriott explained how “personnel issues” eventually led to Dempsey’s character being killed in 2015, at the end of season 11.

"There were problems with human resources. People were leaving because of him. It was not sexual in any way. Somehow he terrorized the set, some members of the cast had all kinds of PTSD because of him " he said.

Patrick (55) entered the production as the biggest name, giving him an instant influence, and his character Dr. Derek Shepard became everyone's favorite in this series. As his character gained in popularity, so did his audacity on the set. He thought, "No one here is better than me."

And while everyone near the small screens adored Patrick, the team of the series could not stand his presence.

"He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people." the explanation reads.

Shonda Rhimes, the author of "Grey's Anatomy", also complained that Patrick was constantly behind her neck and that she simply could not do her job because of him. He also knew how to create chaos when Ellen Pompeo ('Meredith Gray') would have more shots than him.

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"Ellen was frustrated by Patrick being constantly angry at her. She was always ready for honest work. But she simply didn't like the fact that Patrick often complained that she came somewhere too late or that she was in the frame for too long when she had more scenes in the episode than him,"  the author commented on their relationship behind the scenes.

And then Patrick defended himself that it was not intentional, but that he was also under a lot of pressure.

"Actors tend to see things from their own perspective. The shooting was exhausting. we worked for ten months, 15 hours a day. You never know your schedule, so your child asks you, "What are you doing on Monday?" And you say, "I don't know," because you don't know your schedule. Doing it for eleven years is a challenge," said the actor.

However, the complaints of the team from the set and the actors only piled up and everyone was just talking about the terror they were experiencing because of Patrick. Shonda eventually witnessed some of these moments herself and it was the final straw.

"Shonda had to say to the network, ‘If he doesn’t go, I go.’ Nobody wanted him to leave, because he was the show. He and Ellen. Patrick is a sweetheart. It messes you up, this business," the book says.

Because of this testimony, it is almost certain that Patrick will not be part of the cast again because he simply disrupts the work of other actors.

By: Sarah R.