Grey’s Anatomy became one of the most important and recognized television productions in the Hollywood industry since it was released in 2004, under the performances of an apparently united and collaborative cast with each other.
And it is that, although it seems that everything has gone well with its actors, behind the scenes the same unconditional friendship that its characters projected inside the Gray Sloan Memorial, formerly Seattle Grace Hospital, has not been reflected.
During the 16 seasons concluded there has been everything on set, from fights, professional jealousy, and layoffs even more dramatic than a single episode of the show.
Read on to learn about the drama that surpassed fiction created by Shonda rhimes in Grey’s Anatomy.
1. Homophobic discussions and insults by Isaiah Washington
The actor who played the memorable Preston burke He was fired from the series following a homophobic insult towards TH Knight (George O’Malley) who had not yet spoken openly about his sexual preferences.
Washington reportedly had a physical altercation with Pactrick dempsey (Derek Shepherd) in which he said “I’m not your little fag like TH.”
After the problem, TH was forced to talk about his sexuality “I have never been called that to my face. When that happened, something changed and he became bigger than me, “said the actor in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
His insult led to his firing from the series, he only had sporadic appearances seven seasons later.
2. Katherine Heigl and her fight with Isaiah Washington
Following Washington’s homophobic expressions towards TH, Katherine (Izzie Stevens) was furious and told Access Hollywood “I’m going to be really honest, he just shouldn’t speak in public.”
Almost 13 years after the incident, Isaiah rekindled the lawsuit and wrote on his Twitter account:
“This woman once proclaimed that I should never be allowed to speak in public again. The world agreed and protested my work and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my freedom of expression. ”
After this message, the actor continued to complain about the way he was treated by the media and the production. “Apparently, I am the most relevant irrelevant man on Earth,” he added.
This woman once proclaimed that I should ‘never’ be allowed to speak publicly again. The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech. pic.twitter.com/fQ6L1zfQRR
– The Tweet [email protected]) November 16, 2020
3. Everyone was jealous of Kate Walsh
The actress who played Addison Montgomery, Before Shepherd, he received unkind treatment from the main cast, as his participation earned him a spin-off called Private Practice.
According to reports, Ellen pompeo (Meredith Gray) said that the production should have asked her opinion to continue working with Kate since she already had her own show.
“The rest of the cast seemed instantly resentful of Walsh. Each thought they would be the one to have their own show, and now they are turning their backs on Kate. Ellen seemed particularly upset because she felt that, like the star, she should have been consulted. ”
4. The eternal problems between Shonda Rhimes and Heigl
The lawsuits between the actress and the creator began when Katherine was offered an Emmy nomination in 2008 and turned down for her low participation in that season.
“I didn’t feel like I was given the material this season to justify an Emmy nomination, and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from the dispute,” Heigl revealed to the Los Angeles Times.
Rhimes later revealed that he had given it a good turn at the start of the season and then declined because Heigl had gone to shoot the movie The Ugly Truth.
After the permits that Katherine requested for her film productions, came her abrupt exit from the series in the sixth season.
Years later Rhimes continued to express his enmity with the actress saying that there were no actors with Heigl’s difficult personality in her projects.
5. The firing of Brooke Smith
In 2008, the actress who immersed herself in the role of doctor Erica Hahn, left his recurring participation due to problems with ABC executives due to his “explicit” relationship, that is, of the same sex, with Callie Torres.
The actress left production overnight a year after her arrival.
6. The suspension of Patrick Dempsey
The truth behind Washington DC’s travel and jobs Derek Shepherd It is nothing more than a disciplinary action for the actor since on numerous occasions he confronted Shonda.
According to a source told Page Six, “Patrick has been acting like a diva and has stood up to Shonda. She suspended him for a while, and it is said on set that she will not be returning full time. ”
7. The departure of Patrick Dempsey
The actor’s contract ended discreetly and by mutual agreement after various conflicts with production.
His character went from being alive to being dead within the span of one episode and this created quite an impression on fans who still miss him. Doctor Mcdreamy, but in reality everything was already agreed.
8. Rhimes killed a character because he didn’t like the actor
In an interview with The Nightly Show, the producer said that he had killed a main character because he had not liked the actor who played him.
He did not give details about the identity of the character when asked “Have you ever killed a character because you did not like the actor?”, Rhimes just felt and said “And I’m not saying names.”
9. Eric Dane and his statement about being “a piece of meat”
Eric Dane (Mark Sloan) left the show in 2012 and while he was promoting his next project, he told a French show that on Grey’s Anatomy he was only treated as “a piece of meat.”
10. The unexpected departure of Sara Ramírez
The actress of Callie torres He left the show “without saying goodbye” after 12 seasons. Although it is said that she was on good terms with Rhimes, the actress did not give time for her character to have a good ending and did not say goodbye to her protagonist Jessica Capshaw (Arizona).
11. Sandra Oh said she ended the series forever
In an interview with Variety he said that he had left Grey’s Anatomy on good terms, but would never return.
“I’m just going to say no. I really have to try to create a lot more separation. ”
12. Patrick did not want to negotiate the contract with Ellen
One of the conflicts that led Dempsey to part ways with the project is said to have been his pay inequality with Pompeo.
In a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter Ellen said that Patrick never wanted to negotiate a deal with her or production, which led her to request an individual increase in $ 20 million a year and to rank as the highest paid actress in a primetime television drama.
“There were many times when I approached [a Patrick Dempsey] to come together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. ”
13. Dempsey earned almost twice as much as Ellen
The actress revealed to Variety that her male co-star was earning twice as much a year as she did.
“They paid him almost double what I paid at the beginning. I had a television date. I’ve never done television. ”During Patrick’s denials, Pompeo asked for a raise of $ 5,000 more than he did, but it was denied.
14. Layoffs of Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw
When both actresses of April and Arizona They left the program, rumors spread that Ellen was the cause that they could not renew their contracts, this due to her salary increase.
However, sources close to the production said that both actresses left the series for creative motifs and that his characters had only followed their natural course.
15. When Ellen revealed the conflicts of the series and called her classmates “toxic”
“I don’t think it’s a secret that we had a real problem at Grey’s for a long time,” he said in an interview. “On the outside, we had great success, but there was all this tumult on the inside: there was a lot of rivalry, a lot of competition. It starts with the actors misbehaving and then the producers allowing them to misbehave. And by the way, I’m guilty too. I saw Squeaky wheels that filled with grease, so I said, ‘Okay, that’s how you do it,’ and I also misbehaved. I imitated what I saw. “
In 2019 he told Variety that there were many times when he wanted to leave the show because there was always a toxic environment and rivalries, but her children made her rethink her decision to leave as she needed to support them.
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