News that Dempsey was leaving Grey’s Anatomy leaked hours before his final episode aired in April 2015 after an Entertainment Weekly cover about his exit — his character met a tragic end — arrived a day early for many subscribers.
Producer Renshaw said Rhimes was the one who made the ultimate decision to kick off McDreamy amid Dempsey’s alleged on set drama.
“A lot of the complaining … I think Shonda finally witnessed it herself, and that was the final straw,” he claimed in the book. “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.”Back to top