While appearing virtually on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 54-year-old actor opened up about his recent appearance on the ever-popular ABC medical drama five years after his character, Derek Shepherd, was killed off.
Dempsey told host DeGeneres, “The response has been incredibly overwhelming and very moving.”
During last week’s Grey’s Anatomy season premiere, Pompeo’s Meredith Grey collapsed in the hospital parking lot before the show cut away to a dream sequence that featured her reuniting with Dempsey’s character on a picturesque beach.
Crediting the show’s writers and showrunner Krista Vernoff with making his return happen, Dempsey told DeGeneres, 62, that it was a very tough secret to keep.
“Nobody knew about it other than ABC of course, some people at ABC, Krista [Vernoff] and then Ellen [Pompeo] and myself. And that was it,” he revealed. “And then we started talking to the directors, which would be Debbie Allen — who’s amazing — and Kevin McKidd, who’s one of the directors that I worked with. And that was it.”
“No one knew until I showed up on set that day,” Dempsey added. “And then we were really concerned that someone would take a picture and it would be out somehow, but we managed to keep it a secret, which was pretty phenomenal.”
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