[Ed. Note: this article contains spoilers for the April 23 episode of Grey’s Anatomy.]
Grey’s Anatomy just had one of its most shocking episodes ever, killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, in a twist that left fans in tears and angry at showrunner Shonda Rhimes for his dramatic exit.
In Thursday’s episode, Shepherd helped the victims of a car crash, but then got into a wreck himself. He was rushed to a hospital, but died when doctors didn’t follow the correct protocol to save him.
Though there had been growing rumors that Dempsey was leaving the show, Thursday’s episode came as a huge shock to fans, many of whom took to social media to mourn the character who has been at the center of the show since its debut in 2005.
#GreysAnatomy.Seriously?! Heart breaking, gut wrenching, crushed. Ctying n yelling at the tv You guys are killing me.
— Debb Osry (@Debbo4213) April 24, 2015
Many reports said that Patrick Dempsey was clashing with Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who has been known to show little patience for stars acting out.
This new Page Six report shares comments from an on-set source.
“Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda. She suspended him for a while, and the word on set is that he isn’t coming back full time. Given all the past problems with Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington, there is little tolerance on the show for troublesome talent.”
Many fans turned their attention to Rhimes, blaming her for the shocking Grey’s Anatomy death.
SHONDA RIMES I TRUSTED YOU WITH MY LIFE AND YOU JUST RUINED IT
— Alex Dawson (@alexxdawson_) April 24, 2015
Shonda rimes is on the highest level of SAVAGERY possible
— Kait (@_Kaitttttt) April 24, 2015
I hate all of you for ruining Greys for me. and Shonda Rimes for killing off all of my favorite characters.
— Victoria Phillips (@victoriaaasays) April 24, 2015
— jiGGLyPuff (@Cheeky_Gee) April 24, 2015
— Emma Stivers (@Stivers_Emma) April 24, 2015
While many Grey’s Anatomy fans were angry at Shonda Rhimes for killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character, the showrunner spoke highly of his time with the show. In a statement after the episode, Rhimes said, “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.’ “
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