Does Patrick Dempsey think Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes killed off his character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, because she didn’t like him?
If so, he’s not saying.
You might recall that Rhimes was recently asked about this very thing. Appearing on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Rhimes was asked if she had ever killed off a character because she didn’t like the actor portraying said character.
Her response was ” “Yes. And I’m not naming names.”
So, just who was she talking about? Could it have been Patrick Dempsey?
If Dempsey thinks so, he’s not letting on. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dempsey had nothing but praise for the woman behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Here’s what he had to say when asked about whether or not Rhimes killed McDreamy because of him:
“I think she loves being provocative and that’s fine for who she is. That gets people talking about all the stuff that she’s doing. She’s an amazing woman who is incredibly productive. She’s promoting a book. She’s promoting three shows. And she’s emerging as the star of all of these things. I think she knows how to deal with the media and what she needs to say to get the response that she’s looking for. She’s very savvy.”
— E! Online (@eonline) December 22, 2015
Dempsey, who is set to star in the upcoming Bridget Jones’s Baby, also said he expected the strong reaction from the Grey’s Anatomy fanbase when Dr. Shepherd met his end.
“I knew it would be heavy like that. I didn’t realize until we did our interview that it was really over. It started to dawn on me that this is coming to an end, which is why I think I was so moved by it. It was the first time I really stepped back and was starting to witness and to reflect on what had happened. That was the first time I was really saying goodbye to [Derek]. And I wasn’t at all surprised with how people reacted.”
It’s ok. You can always see Dr. Shepherd in old episodes on Netflix.