FORMER Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey has lashed out against co-stars he labelled a "complete disappointment".
Patrick, 55, played Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd on the hit ABC medical drama from its beginning in 2005 until 2015 and recently waded into claims about the show's "toxic workplace".
Now, he has lashed out at other actors who don't treat their colleagues with "kindness".
Dempsey explained creating "an atmosphere where people can thrive and succeed" was important and helped him to mentor younger actors.
He revealed aims to follow in the footsteps of actors who have treated him "kindness" in the past, including comedic icon, Gene Wilder.
"One of the best moments in my career early on was when Gene Wilder, who I loved – he was the first celebrity or star who was so nice to me that I never forgot that," he told Digital Spy.
"And I remember what I received from him and the kindness and I try to remember that when I come into any situation because that's ultimately what we want."
"And I've had experiences with actors who I really looked up to and they were a complete disappointment, and that type of behaviour I don't want to do.
"So you want to create an atmosphere that is safe for everyone, that is fun for everyone, that is also very professional and focused."
Dempsey made the sensational claims while currently promoting his drama Devils which aired last year in the US, but is currently hitting British TVs.
The series follows the aftermath of a top banker called Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi), who is a prime suspect in a murder case, while Dempsey plays an untrustworthy CEO.
His latest comments come just days after he waded into the debate whether Grey's had a "toxic workplace" culture.
Derek was married to the titular Meredith Grey – played by Ellen – in the later seasons before his departure, and he has now addressed her previous claims that there had been a 'toxic' environment behind-the-scenes in the show's early years.
Speaking to The Independent,Dempsey said diplomatically: "I think any time where you have an environment where you’re working 17-hour days, six days a week, it’s very hard to keep that a healthy environment."
His comments come after Ellen, 51, claimed in a 2019 interview with Variety's Actors on Actors series: "After Season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera.
"It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years.
"My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes."
Meanwhile Grey's fans have been left beyond excited by the fact Patrick returned to the show in series 17.
Speaking on British TV's This Morning show, Patrick revealed: "Well, he comes back and reunites with Meredith in a very interesting way.”
Meanwhile he told The Independent of his return: "It was really a special experience for all of us.
"We all cried and we all had a lot of movement emotionally. It was very healing."
Grey's Anatomy airs on ABC in the US, and on Sky Witness and NOW TV in the UK.
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