Patrick Dempsey has spoken out to deny that he was fired from Grey’s Anatomy for having an affair with an intern who was working on the show.
Fans were dismayed when Dempsey’s character Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy was written out of the hit show in a recent shock storyline and US magazine InTouch claimed earlier this week that the actor’s decision to cheat on his wife of 16 years, Jillian Fink, was the true reason behind his abrupt exit.
In an article which has since been deleted, InTouch alleged that both Dempsey’s co-star Ellen Pompeo and showrunner Shonda Rhimes had been angered by his behaviour and decided to cut short his contract as a result.
Fink filed for divorce from Dempsey in January, although the 49-year-old’s heavy workload had previously been blamed for the rift.
Mirror Online is now reporting that a spokesperson for Dempsey has blasted the rumours as false, saying “This is not true. It’s an absurd story.”