ABC paid Ellen Pompeo to keep Patrick Dempsey’s behavior quiet

  • Isaiah Washington talked about her former “Grey’s Anatomy” players on the “Tavis Smiley Show”.
  • Washington called Patrick Dempsey, who played McDreamy in the medical drama, “a total tyrant.”
  • He said Ellen Pompeo took “silent money” to keep quiet about Dempsey’s “toxic and ugly” behavior.

Isaiah Washington said “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo accepted “$ 5 million under the table” for keeping quiet and “not telling the world how toxic and ugly Patrick Dempsey really was” on the set.

During an interview on Tavis Smiley’s radio program on October 21, Washington said that Dempsey “was not a nice guy from day one.” He also referred to Dempsey as “a total tyrant” who had a reputation for being a “pilot poison”, meaning an actor representing an obligation to have a show recorded for series.

According to Washington, Pompeo took “silent money” from unnamed parties around the time the #MeToo movement first made headlines before signing a $ 20 million contract to continue on “Grey’s Anatomy” and become the highest paid woman on television.

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Dempsey and Washington are filming one of Washington’s final episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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The #MeToo hashtag went viral in 2017, largely inspired by reports of convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein from The New York Times and The New Yorker, and saw many women in Hollywood highlight sexual assault, among other gender-specific differences, in Hollywood.

Pompeo signed her new contract with ABC “at the end of 2017”, according to her January 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“And you will run around here as if you are the guardian of all feminine women and the feminist movement,” Washington said, referring to Pompeo.

The “P-Valley” actor said he never felt supported on the set of the medical drama because he “was never wanted there.”

“Every single day I was a problem that was reminded, ‘You are No. 4 on the call sheet,'” he continued.

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Ellen Pompeo.

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Washington claimed that around the time he left “Grey’s Anatomy,” his own behavior on the set was used to cover up Dempseys.

Washington was at the center of one of the first controversies on the set of ABC’s long-running medical drama when he used a homophobic remark to refer to costar TR Knight during a fight with Dempsey, according to several witnesses to the incident. Washington issued an apology for its actions to People in 2006 and was later fired from the show the following year.

Insider reached out to reps for Pompeo and Dempsey, but did not immediately hear back.

Dempsey’s behavior on the set was not ‘McDreamy’, says a former ‘Grey’s executive producer

In the recently released book on the medical drama, “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy,” by Entertainment Weekly editor Lynette Rice, former “Grey’s” executive producer James D. Parriott said similarly. comments about Dempsey’s behavior and said the actor often “terrorized the set.”

“Some actors had all kinds of PTSD with him,” Parriott continued. “He had this team on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people.”

Dempsey has never directly commented on any allegations regarding his behavior on the set. In his 2015 “Grey’s Anatomy” exit interview with Rice, he only said that leaving the show “unfolded in a very organic way”, although he admitted that “it happened very quickly.”

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“Grey’s Anatomy.”

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In November 2014, Dempsey went on a “break” from the show for six episodes for reasons he did not explain to Rice.

“They were trying to keep it a secret as best they could,” was the only thing he said.

Dempsey revealed that his erratic hours were tough for his family.

“It’s 10 months, 15 hours a day. You never know your schedule, so your child asks you, ‘What are you doing on Monday?’ and you say, ‘I do not know’ because I do not know my schedule, ‘he said. “Doing it for 11 years is challenging … What I want to do is focus on not being spread so thin. “

The next episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursday, November 11 at 21.00 ET / PT on ABC.

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