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Ellen Pompeo & 'Grey's Anatomy' Co-star Patrick Dempsey Exchange Morning Greetings on IG Post

Annette Shadeya
Feb 02, 2021
12:20 A.M.
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Ellen Pompeo and Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey set fan’s hearts racing as they exchanged morning greetings over Dempsey’s Instagram post this past Friday.


Patrick Dempsey wished fans a good morning on his Instagram while donning a mask on Friday. Ellen Pompeo, the star’s co-star on "Grey’s Anatomy," snuck onto the comment section and wished him a good morning.

Fan’s hearts were set alight when they noted the exchange. The morning wishes come in the face of Dempsey’s shocking return to the series that saw him and Pompeo’s character sizzle the small screen with their romance.

Patrick Dempsey during an appearance on  "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"  Source | Photo:  Getty Images

Patrick Dempsey during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Source | Photo: Getty Images


Dempsey’s return to the hit medical show came as a complete surprise to fans as well as cast and crew. Krist Vernoff, the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, and Pompeo struggled to keep the news under wraps.

In an interview with "Ellen Degeneres," Dempsey disclosed that only a handful of cast and crew knew of his return until the day he stepped on set. Dempsey expressed his fear a picture of his on set would leak.

“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."


In an interview with "Deadline," Dempsey revealed he was super excited to reprise his role on the hit series. The actor expressed his joy at reuniting with the cast, adding his cheerfulness at the inclusivity on set.

Pompeo also matched Dempsey’s enthusiasm, adding that her chemistry with her co-star has served them well. Dempsey appeared at the end of the last season on a dream sequence after Pompeo fainted.

Ellen Pompeo comments on Patrick Dempsey's Instagram Page Source | Photo: instagram.com/patrickdempsey/

Ellen Pompeo comments on Patrick Dempsey's Instagram Page Source | Photo: instagram.com/patrickdempsey/


"Grey’s Anatomy" is currently following a Covid 19 storyline, which inspired Dempsey’s return. Pompeo revealed that she reached out to the star after talks of a character returning rose in the writing room.

Pompeo reached out to Dempsey, who, like her, lives in Malibu. The pair went out hiking when the idea struck Pompeo, who knew Vernoff wanted a beach scene. Pompeo asked as they overlooked the beach on their hike.

“I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season?”


Dempsey agreed to the return in the face of rising Covid-19 cases. The star had coincidentally received calls from government officials in Maine, where he runs his cancer foundation for cancer patients and survivors.

The officials asked the star to send a message to people to socially-distance themselves and wear a mask. Pompeo was also inspired to give viewers a smile on their faces in the pandemic's dark times.


Dempsey revealed he had no idea how many episodes his character would reappear in, but he knew he would feature throughout the season. Vernoff, however, maintained the star would appear in 3 more episodes.

Dempsey had left the show when his character, who had been married to Pompeo’s character, was killed in a car crash. Dempsey's 30-year acting career began when the star was only 16.

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