Consider your Grey’s Anatomy McDreams shattered as Ellen Pompeo confirms she hasn’t spoken co-star Patrick Dempsey since he left the show. Pompeo’s Meredith Grey still rules the roost on the popular ABC show, but considering Dempsey played Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd alongside her for over a decade, it seems odd that the two haven’t even sent a Christmas card.
For anyone who hasn’t stepped through the halls of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, Pompeo and Dempsey were basically the Ross and Rachel of Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama. In classic Shondaland style, Rhimes snatched Shepherd from his happy life in the Season 11 finale and killed McDreamy is a tragic accident. It now seems that his blossoming showmance with Pompeo was another casualty of the twist.
Speaking to Jada Pinkett Smith (and family) during Red Table Talk, Pompeo had plenty of nice things to say about her fictional beau but admitted they’ve lost touch since 2015. “We haven’t spoken since he’s left the show,” she revealed. “I have no hard feelings towards him. He’s a wonderful actor, and we made the best TV you can make together. That’s a talented man right there. He did 11 amazing years.”
Despite both stars being praised for their on-screen chemistry in Grey’s Anatomy’s defining years, Pompeo explained why she thinks the pair have drifted apart: “Typically, when people leave the show, they need to sort of re-find themselves, who they are without the show, because the show takes up so much of your life. You need that time to figure out who you are without the show.”
Grey’s Anatomy has a long history of behind the scenes feuds and dramatic exists when it comes to its main cast, and even recently, there were accusations that Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew walked for being paid less than Pompeo. While there was no major fallout when Dempsey left Grey’s Anatomy thanks to a joint decision between himself and Rhimes, he did tell People “I stayed a bit longer than I should have.”
Even all these years after we first met Meredith as a lowly intern, she’s still saving lives on Grey’s Anatomy. That being said, Pompeo has hinted that she could bow out with Season 16 and has cast doubt on the show’s future. On a lighter note, she rounded off her interview with a typically Meredith Grey thing to say about her time with Dempsey. She confessed, “I will always have a place in my heart for Patrick.