Patrick Dempsey Responds to "Provocative" Shonda Rhimes: What Did He Say?

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Patrick Dempsey has a few things to say about Shonda Rhimes.

While promoting her new book, “The Year of Yes,” in an interview with Larry Wilmore a few weeks ago, the Grey’s Anatomy creator was asked whether she has ever killed off a character because she didn't like the actor.

"Yes, and I'm not naming names," she replied.

Considering the tension between Dempsey and Rhimes that existed prior to the latter's character being killed off last season, many jumped to the assumption that Rhimes was referring to Dempsey.

What does the actor have to say about that?

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Dempsey mostly took the high road when it came to his former boss, though he definitely slipped in a few subtle digs as well.

Rhimes "loves being provocative and that's fine for who she is," he said, adding:

"That gets people talking about all the stuff that she's doing. She's an amazing woman who is incredibly productive. She's promoting a book. She's promoting three shows. And she's emerging as the star of all of these things.

"I think she knows how to deal with the media and what she needs to say to get the response that she's looking for. She's very savvy."

Soon after Dempsey left Grey's Anatomy Season 11, Rhimes said the following of why she chose to kill Derek off:

"It preserved what felt true to me... that Derek was going to have to die in order for that love to remain honest. Because I really couldn't have the idea that he just turned out to be a bad guy who walked out on his wife and kids be a true story.

"To me, it felt like that was the only way to make Meredith and Derek's magic remain true and forever frozen in time."

We apologize for re-opening a wound, Grey's Anatomy Fanatics:

But have you recovered yet from McDreamy's McDeath?

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