Shonda Rhimes Is Ruthless When It Comes to Diva Actors


If you’re stupid enough to cross Shonda Rhimes, you’re likely to get killed. At least, that’s what will happen if you star on one of her hit shows. The TV boss admitted on The Nightly Show she has killed off a character because she didn’t like the actor who portrayed him or her.

“Have you ever killed off a character because you didn’t like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don’t even think about lying,” host Larry Wilmore asked the showrunner, who is behind many hit dramas, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

“Yes, and I’m not naming names,” answered Rhimes.

Even though she won’t spill the tea, it’s easy enough to speculate who she’s talking about. Patrick Dempsey was the latest actor whose character was killed off Grey’s, and prior to Dempsey’s exit, Scandal axed Columbus Short’s character amid allegations of domestic abuse and drug use.

Eric Dane, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, T.R. Knight and Chyler Leigh have also been killed off of Grey’s. Scandal saw the demise of Dylan Minnette’s Jerry Grant Jr., and Grey’s spin-off Private Practice knocked off Chris Lowell’s William Parker.

Shonda clearly rules television with an iron fist.