Ellen Pompeo Reveals An Explosive Argument Between Her And Denzel Washington On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Set

Oct 25th, 2021

Ellen Pompeo recently made an announcement that after the longtime running show, she might not accept any acting gigs for the meantime. But instead, focus on being a new venture in her life. Aside from this, her recent on-set story from a past Grey’s Anatomy episode is currently raising some eyebrows.

During her new podcast “Tell Me,” Ellen was reminiscing with former castmate Patrick Dempsey about their time together on the show. And while conversing, a moment where Patrick wasn’t there came up. Ellen openly talked about the time that Denzel Washington directed an episode as a favor to Debbie Allen who was trying to convince Ellen to stay.

She said, “After you left, I was like, ‘Eh, why do I have to stay here? Everyone’s gone. I gotta go now. Sandra’s gone, Patrick’s gone, I gotta go, too.'”

However, an opportunity to work with Denzel came. Ellen shared, “He came probably three weeks prior so he could get caught up because Denzel doesn’t watch much TV, he’d probably never seen the show. He did the show because his wife is a big fan … I think he saw it as a good exercise to just come in and direct something quick.”

She continued, “But, imagine Denzel Washington coming on to direct an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. That’s something that I never thought that I would see, ever. Superstars are superstars for a reason. There’s just an energy and a vibration that they give off that makes them super charismatic.

Patrick has it, Obama has it, anyone, that I’ve ever met that’s, like, crazy charismatic has it. And Denzel has it in spades, for sure … But, Denzel’s a movie star, right. He doesn’t know [expletive] about directing TV. ”

The actress then explained that in a scene during the episode, a character was apologizing to her for assaulting her. She said, “I didn’t really want to talk to this actor or see this actor before we did this scene, so I didn’t have much interaction with him at all.”

“And then, he apologized to me, but he was doing it really softly. He made this choice to speak very softly. And I was pissed that I had to sit there and listen to this apology. And he wasn’t looking at me in the eye. Again, we love actors who make choices.

And I yelled at him, I was like, ‘Look at me. When you apologize, look at me. ’ And that wasn’t in the dialogue. ”

And this did not sit well with Denzel. She said, “Denzel went ham on my [expletive]. He was like, ‘I’m the director! Don’t you tell him what to do!’ I was like, ‘Listen, [expletive], this is my show! This is my set! Who are you telling — You barely even know where the bathroom is!’”

Ellen added, “I have the utmost respect for him as an actor, as a director, like everything, but we went at it. And then his wife came to set to visit, and I was not talking to him. I was mad at him.

And I told his wife, I was like, ‘Yeah, he yelled at me today. He let me have it today, and I’m not OK with him, and I’m not looking at him, and I’m not talking to him. '”

In the end, she assured Patrick that they eventually smoothed over their creative differences. The actress even described herself as a big fan of Denzel Washington.