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Ellen Pompeo saddened by fan backlash following 'McDreamy' death

Published 21/05/2016

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo was disappointed by fans who said they would boycott Grey's Anatomy after Patrick Dempsey was written out.

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo wanted to protect show creator Shonda Rhimes after she was criticised for killing off Patrick Dempsey's character.

The hunky actor's alter ego Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd was written out of the hit medical drama last year (15), in a shock storyline which left many fans angry and upset.

While Ellen, 46, also mourned the loss of her on-screen husband, she didn't agree with the way some fans hit out at Shonda for killing off the dishy doctor.

"I completely understood their anger, angst, and pain," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Nobody wanted to lose Patrick - everybody knew how valuable he was to the show. What upset me was how Shonda was attacked. I felt pretty protective of her in that moment and I was pretty disappointed that she got the blame for something that really wasn't her fault at all."

Ellen went on to explain how Shonda had no choice but to kill off Derek, as the character leaving the show in any other way would not have been a true reflection of his love for her character, Meredith.

"Then that love story is ruined," she said. "And fans are always going to want him to come back, so I was just disappointed in the hate that Shonda got. It wasn't a choice that we had. We both signed a two-year contract to renew, so it was a situation that came up very abruptly and nobody expected it to happen."

At the time, reports claimed Patrick had been suspended from the show despite signing on for two more seasons due to his 'diva' antics.

However, Shonda, 46, was quick to issue a statement refuting the rumours, and stated how much she valued Patrick's contribution to the show.

"Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character - for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our 'McDreamy," she wrote. "Patrick Dempsey's performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example - happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true - of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all."

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