Ellen Pompeo went hiking with a friend just a few days after it came out that her Grey’s Anatomy co-star ‘terrorized’ other cast members while on-set, even allegedly giving some castmates ‘PTSD.’
The actress, 51, kept a low-profile wearing a black sweater and dark gray athletic sweats.
She used a white fanny pack slung over her shoulder to carry her things, and she held a mask in one hand.
Getting some exercise: Ellen Pompeo went hiking with a friend after a newly released excerpt from a Grey’s Anatomy tell-all shared accounts of former co-star Patrick Dempsey’s manipulative behavior on set
Low key: Pompeo was accompanied by a friend who wore her hair in a tight bun atop her head , an all black sweater and black yoga pants
Pompeo was accompanied by a friend who wore her hair in a tight bun atop her head , an all black sweater and black yoga pants.
Their hike comes after a new book, revealed some dark behind the scenes secrets about Patrick Dempsey.
In a scathing excerpt from How to Save a Life: The Inside Story Of Grey’s Anatomy, published by The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer James D. Parriott explained how ‘HR issues’ eventually lead to Dempsey’s character getting killed off in 2015 during the tail end of season 11.
Parriot – one of the book’s 80-plus sources – said: ‘There were HR issues. It wasn’t sexual in any way. He sort of was terrorizing the set, Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.’
On set terror? Dempsey was accused of ‘terrorizing the set’ of Grey’s Anatomy and even giving certain castmates ‘PTSD’ from their experiences with him
Patrick, 55, came into the production as the biggest name, giving him instant influence, and when his character Dr. Derek Shepherd – leading lady Meredith Grey’s love interest – became primetime’s favorite heartthrob, his impact on set increased.
Parriott recalled creator Shonda Rhimes saying: ‘He’s McDreamy. The perfect man.’
His natural charm made him well-liked by many, with writer/producer Jeannine Renshaw recalling: ‘We all love Patrick. Patrick is a sweetheart.’
But some remembered him having too much sway over the production, with Parriott saying: ‘He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people.’
Frustrated: On-screen love interest Ellen Pompeo became ‘frustrated with Patrick’ and ‘would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,’ according to one insider
‘The network and studio came down and we had sessions with them. I think he was just done with the show. He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.’
That tension boiled over into his relationship with his on-screen love/later-wife Pompeo, who became ‘frustrated with Patrick’ and ‘would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,’ according to Renshaw.
She said: ‘She was very big on having things be fair. She just didn’t like that Patrick would complain that “I’m here too late” or “I’ve been here too long” when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as he did.’
No chemistry off-screen: ‘She was very big on having things be fair,’ an insider said. ‘She just didn’t like that Patrick would complain that “I’m here too late” or “I’ve been here too long” when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as he did’
Dempsey remarked on the tough schedule in the past saying, ‘You never know your schedule, so your kid asks you, “What are you doing on Monday?” And you go, “I don’t know,” because I don’t know my schedule. Doing that for eleven years is challenging.’
But complaints from crew and co-stars continued to stack up and as Dempsey’s relationship with Rhimes soured, his days on the show became numbered.
Renshaw said: ‘I think Shonda finally witnessed it herself, and that was the final straw.’
‘Shonda had to say to the network, “If he doesn’t go, I go.” Nobody wanted him to leave, because he was the show. Him and Ellen,’ she continued, adding: ‘Patrick is a sweetheart. It messes you up, this business.’
Ouster: ‘I think Shonda finally witnessed it herself, and that was the final straw,’ writer/producer Renshaw said of creator Rhimes, seen above in 2020
According to Parriott, the show crafted several storylines to try and keep Dempsey, including one where his character would stay in Washington, DC so he could shoot completely separately from Pompeo and others.
But the network ‘ultimately decided that just bringing him back was going to be too hard on the other actors,’ said Parriot.
‘The studio just said it was going to be more trouble than it was worth and decided to move on.’
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Patrick for comment.
Patrick’s final scenes were filmed at a Hawthorne, California hospital, 22-miles away from the show’s home studio in order to keep his character’s death a secret.
Shh…. Patrick’s final scenes were filmed at a Hawthorne, California hospital, 22-miles away from the show’s home studio in order to keep his character’s death a secret
Just like heaven… Dempsey’s McDreamy would make a return to the series in November 2020 in a dream sequence
And his on-set exit came with little-to-no fanfare, with castmate James Pickens, Jr., previously telling ABC News the cast ‘didn’t know a whole lot.’
‘It was kind of on the fly. So whatever information we got, we pretty much got it kind of right before it happened.’
Producer/director Rob Hardy remembered: ‘I didn’t see other actors showing up and saying, “Hey, it’s the last day! Wanted to come and wish you well.” I didn’t get that. It was more the Patrick show.’
Rather than talk about working with Dempsey, Rhimes chose to remember Dr. Shepard, saying: ‘ Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character—for Meredith, for me, and for the fans.
‘I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our McDreamy. Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example— happy, sad, romantic, painful, and always true—of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.’
Before and after: Patrick first made his mark in the 80s, leading the teen rom-com Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (above, left) Most recently he’s appeared in the business drama Devils (above right) which debuted its first season last April
Dempsey’s McDreamy would make a return to the series in November 2020 in a dream sequence.
Patrick first made his mark in the 80s, leading the teen rom-com Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989.)
Most recently he’s appeared in the business drama Devils, which debuted its first season last April.