Patrick Dempsey Comments on Why Shonda Rhimes Killed Him Off of ‘Greys’ Anatomy’

Earlier this year, Grey’s Anatomy were left stunned when Patrick Dempsey’s character Derek Shepherd was killed off, and they’ve been in mourning ever since.

Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator, admitted in November on the Larry Wilmore show that she has killed off a character on her show because she disliked the actor (though she didn’t name any names). Of course, with Dempsey being killed off in April after playing the role for 11 years, fans couldn’t help but wonder if it was McDreamy to which she was referring.

McDreamy himself was asked by Entertainment Weekly about the rumour that she hated him enough to kill him off. He explained:

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.

In other words, he would neither confirm nor deny it.

That being said, he’s happy to have moved on. When asked if the show feels very far away, Dempsey agreed: “Oh completely like that, without question. Very happy to have moved on with a different chapter in my life.”

The 49-year-old actor’s next role is in Bridget Jones’s Baby co-starring original cast members Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth. And he’s been able to transition smoothly by focusing his energy on by racing with Porsche. But, of course, at least there’s always reruns.

Yes, lots of people [say “I miss you”]. “It’s good to see you’re alive” is the comment you get. And I’m like, “Yes, I’m very much alive in reruns.” I think that was the thing. People were really invested in that relationship. It’s like that with Bridget Jones, too. I think there’s that emotional investment with people.

Read the rest of Dempsey’s interview here.