Grey’s Anatomy book author details ‘forgiveness’ between Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey

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How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy author Lynette Rice has claimed “there’s definitely more there on a personal level” between stars of the series Ellen Pompeo, 51, and Patrick Dempsey, 55. It comes after the actors discussed “forgiveness” between members of the cast in a recent episode of Ellen’s Tell Me podcast.

The actress, who plays Meredith Grey in the ABC hit drama, said: “I think only we can understand what this journey has been and we are the only ones who truly understand it and each other.

“And we’ve all come through it with a tremendous amount of forgiveness and love for each other.

“And we have learnt that lesson, that empathy is the way and we’re living our best lives because of it.”

Patrick, who portrays neurosurgeon Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in the series, agreed: “Absolutely.”

The actress also admitted that she and her colleagues had been through “the bad” and “the good” together.

Discussing the candid conversation between the co-stars, Lynette claimed in an exclusive interview with “There’s definitely more there on a personal level that I don’t know if we’ll ever hear or, you know, they’ll think it’s our business to hear. 

“And I think that she became very close to him too and so, when things fall apart, I mean this becomes your friend, and then things get uglier. 

“It must have been very, very difficult.”


The journalist added: “So, there had to have been, you know, a come to Jesus discussion and I think he had to instigate it.

“I don’t necessarily think that she did, I believe that he did, because it was good for him in the long run. 

“I don’t think, I don’t think it matters if Ellen approves of Patrick moving forward, I think it means a lot to him.”

The writer added: “So I think it was smart of him to work with Ellen and to make sure this works out.”

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Going on to discuss Patrick’s brief return to Grey’s Anatomy after his character was killed off six years ago, Lynette argued the explanation behind his comeback seemed “kind of suspect”.

She said: “I mean, some of these explanations at the time, about why he did that was kind of suspect.

“When they were talking about why he came to the show, he said, ‘it was very important to us to honour those on the frontlines during the pandemic’. 

“That seemed a bit disingenuous, I mean, it’s great of course, yes, and the show did a fantastic job of depicting what it’s like for hospital workers in the face of the pandemic. 

“But that didn’t ring completely true to me. 

“But he was so grateful, many times in his posts and stuff, so I think it did a lot for him personally.”

It comes after the series’ former executive producer James D Parriott claimed to Lynette that Patrick “knew he could stop production and scare people” before his character Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off in season 11.

Parriott told Lynette in her unauthorised book: “There were HR issues. It wasn’t sexual in any way. He was sort of terrorizing the set.

“Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.” has contacted a representative for Patrick for comment.

How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy by Lynette Rice is out now and available to buy here.

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