Ellen Pompeo And Patrick Dempsey Actress’ reunion “tell me” Wednesday’s podcast, when Pompeo revealed she got into an altercation with Denzel Washington When I directed the 2016 episode of ABC’s long-running drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” (The medical series returns for its 18th season Thursday at 9 EDT/PDT.)
Pompeo began before describing that during the scene, she walked away from the script telling her fellow actor “Look at me when you’re apologizing. Look at me.”
She said Pompeo’s attempts to improvise on the scene did not resonate with Washington.
Denzel went ham on (expletive). He was like ‘I’m the director, don’t you tell him what to do!’ And I was like, ‘Listen (expletive), this is my show, this is my collection, who are you telling me? You barely know where the bathroom is!’ Pompeo told Dempsey. “I respect him a lot as an actor, as a director, like everything, but we went to him one day.”
The “Greys” star then shared that Washington’s wife, Paulita Washington, came to visit the site and Pompeo described how her husband yelled at her.
“He let me have it today, and I’m not okay with him, not looking at him, not talking to him,” Pompeo told Polita.
She added that despite the controversy, “it was a great experience,” noting that televisions are sometimes an “emotional place” and can be passionate, but the two “were just fine after that.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Pompeo and Washington representatives for comment.
People on Twitter called the actress out over her quarrel with the director, wondering if she would talk this way to anyone else.
“I wonder if she’d talk to Scorsese or Spielberg that way?” Tiffany de Croce tweeted.
Authors Tom and Lorenzo chirp: “No matter who she told him (and worse, she said it to a respected person like Denzel), the Ellen Pompeo story is in and of itself horrific. How isolated is you that you think it makes you look cool to call a co-worker “(expletive)” over a disagreement? “
Some thought Pompeo’s privilege was on display when she shared her story in Washington.
“I don’t know if Ellen Pompeo reveals that she yelled at Oscar Winning Denzel Washington on the set of Grey’s Anatomy is the floppy I thought it would. She looks like Karen, and if you hear her say again that she’s married to a black man with black kids…”, he tweeted @omwill3.
Others think Pompeo might have kept the story to herself.
“Ellen Pompeo has really disrespected Denzel Washington and proudly told the world we’d be on her side…” she tweeted MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen.
TweetTrinityMustache: “Denzel Washington is one of the most beloved actors in America. Did Ellen Pompeo really think about over-sharing a story where she got off the line… for no reason that was going well for her? On what planet?”