“He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people,” Parriott added.
Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, on "Grey's Anatomy."BOB D'AMICO VIA GETTY IMAGES
Parriott said Dempsey complained about the “inconvenience” of the work schedule and that he and show creator Shonda Rhimes “were at each other’s throats.”
His griping eventually prompted Rhimes to threaten to leave if Dempsey didn’t, another executive producer, Jeannine Renshaw, noted.
Co-star Ellen Pompeo, who plays the titular Meredith Grey, also became “frustrated” with Dempsey’s grumbling, according to Renshaw.
Still, the producer declared: “We all love Patrick. Patrick is a sweetheart. It messes you up, this business.”
"You have to be grateful, because you're well compensated," Patrick Dempsey said.KELSEY MCNEAL VIA GETTY IMAGES
Dempsey appeared to cop to his disenchantment with the grind in the book. “It’s ten months, fifteen hours a day. 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,” he’s quoted as saying. “But you have to be grateful, because you’re well compensated.”
The actor returned last season, appearing in a dream sequence that reunited his Dr. Derek Shepherd with his old love, Pompeo’s Grey, while she suffered from COVID-19.