Shonda Rhimes Admits To Killing Off Character Of The Actor She Didn't Like
Don't mess with this writer or she'll write you out.
Shonda Rhimes, the genius behind fan favorites ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal revealed some interesting news. She's been writing for years and every once in a while, Rhimes stirs some slight controversies. She's the first person fans blame if something horrible happens to their favorite character however Rhimes usually doesn't make any public statements about why she writes certain characters out, until now.
During an interview with Comedy Central's The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, he asked Rhimes directly, "Have you ever killed off a character because you didn't like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don't even think about lying."
She nonchalantly responded with, "Yes, and I'm not naming names."
It's a huge truth bomb but she doesn't seem to mind sharing. Last year, Rhimes took major heat for eliminating Patrick Dempsey's character, Derek, in Grey's Anatomy. Though she originally took a silent stance on her choice, she ultimately blamed Dempsey. She claimed that due to his struggle with drugs, especially cocaine, she had no other choice but to let him go.
"We had a lot of discussions about it," she explained. "It wasn't easy or fun, it is never easy or fun. We've been working really hard for a long time together. We're family. Those choices and those decisions are never easy for any of us."
However, just because he left for drug addiction doesn't mean that Rhimes disliked Dempsey as an actor. She's written out multiple characters, many of whom she could be referring to in her answer to Wilmore.
Eric Dane’s Mark Sloane (Grey's)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Denny Duquette (Grey's)
Patrick Dempsey's Derek, aka, McDreamy (Grey's)
T.R. Knight’s George O’Malley (Grey's)
Chyler Leigh’s Little Grey, aka, Lexie. (Grey's)
Dylan Minnette’s Jerry Grant Jr. (Scandal)
Chris Lowell’s William Parker (Private Practice)
Remember people, the writer ultimately always has the power.