Ellen Pompeo tells Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to 'lay off the booze' over Patrick Dempsey tweet
During her appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk on Monday, Ellen Pompeo got frank about race, from raising three biracial children to fending off criticism from other people who she says “are threatened by my love of people of color or black culture.”
But while race dominated the conversation, some coverage has been fixated on one reference the actress made to former Grey’s Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey, who played Pompeo’s on-screen love interest, Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, left the ABC medical drama in 2015.
I wanna thank @ellenpompeo for blessing the table this week with such a candid conversation. What I love about Ellen is that she’s willing to sit in the fire and burn if need be. She knows conversations about race are risky and aren’t without criticism. She also knows that’s she’s learning along the way HOW to talk about race (like we all are) and will sometimes make mistakes a long the way (like many of us do). BUT… she’s not afraid and is willing to learn, she’s willing to fight, she’s willing to listen, she’s willing to understand, and she’s willing to take responsibility. In my eyes, her commitment and FEARLESSNESS makes her a gangsta’ ally in the mission to unify 🙌🏽✨Her episode is streaming now- link in profile @redtabletalk #RedTableTalk
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“We haven’t spoken since he’s left the show,” Pompeo confirmed when asked about her current relationship with Dempsey.
She went on to praise Dempsey as a “wonderful actor” and made it clear that there’s no bad blood.
Today.com was one of many outlets to focus on the McDreamy angle rather than Pompeo’s discussion of race, and the erasure clearly stung. When the Twitter account for Today’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb shared a story about her comments about Dempsey, Pompeo fired back.
Hey here’s a suggestion!! Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place ? 🍷🍷🍷😜😜😜 https://t.co/JJ5SUG9pgc
— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) December 11, 2018
The “booze” remark was a reference to the hosts’ habit of enjoying the occasional drink on-air. While Gifford and Kotb have yet to respond, many of Pompeo’s followers were living for the clap-back.
It’s upsetting to see the vast majority of people not even paying attention to the real conversation. We have the opportunity to bring up & discuss these important topics, but most people are out here focusing on the less important things. Now is definitely not the time for that.
— Carrie McKenna (@carriemmckenna) December 11, 2018
You had me at “lay off the booze” 😂 – I stan a legend. ⭐️❤️
— The GREY in Greys (@Nonstop_Pompeo) December 11, 2018
Yes Ellen!! I loved you and Patrick together and I still do (rewatch so much) but I can’t believe how much the media is ignoring so much why you were really there and trying to start so much drama
— Mer and Der 🔥 (@MerandDerekkk) December 11, 2018
So sad that this is the only thing everyone talks about. I am really sorry ell. but there are also people who listened to what you said. also even if you and Patrick would hate each other, we could be sad about it, but it is not our business!!
— 𝓱. (@heIenaxgrey) December 11, 2018
Pompeo also retweeted a comment expressing dismay that the show’s tackling of racial issues was “overshadowed” by headlines trying to stir up drama about her and Dempsey.
@EllenPompeo Such a great interview 👑 but sad how an important conversation that was about race & family is overshadowed by the last question on how "Ellen & Patrick didn't speak since he left the show" The media should do much better & even fans who just picked up on just that.
— Ellz Bellz 👑 (@QueenxMeredith) December 10, 2018
Maybe it’s best to leave the drama to Shonda Rhimes?
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