Could there be anothe reason behind Derek Shepard’s demise on popular Shonda Rhimes medical soap Grey’s Anatomy? Rhimes is rumored to be furious that someone on her Grey’s Anatomy staff ran to Radar Online claiming actor Patrick Dempsey, who played Shepherd since the show’s first season, was fired from ‘Grey’s’ because he had an affair with one of the staffers.
Not long after the website posted this person’s account, the series creator allegedly 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 parted ways with Grey’s in April, just a few months after his wife of 15 years, Jillian Fink, filed for divorce. Soon, it was alleged 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.”