Friday, May 27, 2022

Shonda Rhimes Warns Staff to Shut Up About Patrick Dempsey Firing or Else (Report)

Shonda Rhimes attends the 2015 ABC Upfront at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City
Shonda Rhimes attends the 2015 ABC Upfront at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City

*Shonda Rhimes is reportedly furious that someone on her “Grey’s Anatomy” staff ran to Radar Online claiming Patrick Dempsey was fired from the show because he had an affair with one of the staffers.

Not long after the website posted this person’s account, the series creator reportedly sent a harsh email to cast and crew, warning them to keep quiet about the affair — or follow McDreamy out the door.

According to a show insider, “Shonda was very unhappy to learn Patrick’s affair with a Grey’s Anatomy staff member had been made public. Suspecting it was individuals from the cast and crew, she sent a stern reminder via email that anyone caught leaking information to the press would be fired immediately. The cast and crew all have signed non-disclosure agreements, prohibiting any details from their employment being discussed publicly.”

“Even though Patrick and Shonda are obviously not on the best terms, she doesn’t want to see his name dragged through the mud,” said the source.

As Radar reported, Dempsey was suddenly fired from Grey’s in April, just a few months after his wife of 15 years, Jillian Fink, filed for divorce. Soon, it was revealed that he had been having an affair with a much-younger staffer from the show.

“It was obvious to everyone Patrick was [sleeping with] her,” an insider previously told Radar. “It got very messy and emotional on set and became a huge liability.”

“Patrick would remain in his trailer after hooking up with her on set and refuse to come out,” the source claimed. “He had also been complaining about the storyline of his character, and felt he wasn’t getting enough screen time.”

Dempsey’s rep previously denied the affair.

Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy “is on hiatus and so it was very alarming for the crew to get this email from Shonda,” the source added. “No one wants to jeopardize their jobs, and everyone just wants the Dempsey drama to end.”



    • that’s nobody’s business but his and the other person. The only one who has the right to be upset is his wife, and the staffer’s husband if she’s married.

      • Exactly Angel. agree completely, it’s his life. His drama he has created. Who are we to judge? I could care less.

  1. Of course she doesn’t want anyone to know. IT’s stupid, since we all know she fired him. It’s none of her business as long as that staffer’s also an adult! Two consenting adults ring any bells, Shonda??? She has no-one to blame but herself for the demise of her show. Millions of people will no longer watch because she killed off the best character and ruined my favorite show. I’ll never watch again. And it breaks my heart.,

  2. his having an affair with a staffer shouldn’t have been the reason to lose his job, and i doubt that was part of his contract … and the staffer keeps het job, instead of saying sorry but I don’t do adultery … I hope all her shows wind up in the toilet anyway, too much made-for-tv smut involved – she’s ok with two men sucking on each other, but not ok with a man cheating on his wife with a woman … what am I missing; maybe she had a crush on the staffer …

      • oh but it’s true, saw it with my own eyes, it was a promo for an upcoming episode of scandal – my sister had to tell me all her shows have homosexuality themes – that was when I quit watching scandal and ABC in general, it was too much for network TV …

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