Grey?s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey told reporters on Jan. 23 he was ?spread so thin? because the ABC show had ?been taking up a lot of time.? But now In Touch has exclusively learned the secret behind both his split from his wife of 15 years, Jillian Fink, and his sudden on-screen departure as Dr. Derek ?McDreamy? Shepherd.
?[His co-star] Ellen Pompeo found out and was angry because she?s close friends with Jillian, so of course, she told her,? the insider explains, adding that the situation even led to McDreamy?s death on the show in April after the actress spilled what she knew to the show’s creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes. ?Shonda has no patience for that kind of behavior.?
Though their characters seemed love-struck with each other on-screen, the source says that ?there was tension in Patrick and Ellen?s relationship for years before the final blowup,? adding that Ellen ?was sick of his behavior on and off set.?
In particular, she hated his relationship with the female co-worker, who is in her early 20s. ?Patrick found out that Ellen told his wife about the relationship and totally lost it. They had a huge blowup on the set in front of everyone,? the insider reveals to In Touch.
After that battle, Shonda got involved. ?Shonda fired Patrick,? says the insider. ?He didn?t want to leave.? Though Patrick had more than a year left on his contract, the insider adds, ?Producers didn?t want him causing trouble.?
Source: IN TOUCH WEEKLY