Patrick Dempsey Says It’s ‘Too Bad’ Brooke Smith Was Fired

Patrick Dempsey Says It’s ‘Too Bad’ Brooke Smith Was Fired
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11/05/2008 AT 12:00 AM EST

Fans were shocked by Grey's Anatomy's sudden decision to fire Brooke Smith (who plays Dr. Erica Hahn). Turns out, costar Patrick Dempsey was just as caught off-guard.

"ABC actually sends me over what I should say ...," he tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Wednesday.

So what's the official spin?

"ABC's response ... is that I should say: 'We've had a great time working with her and that the conclusion of her character has been orgasmic' -- I'm sorry, I'm dyslexic! -- 'organic' ending to the story line.' "

Some have argued that Smith was axed because of her character's developing relationship with Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez).

Grey's Anatomy's creator, Shonda Rhimes, previously released a statement insisting that "Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian."

"Thursday night is her last show, which is too bad she has been great character," McDreamy continues. "I don't know what happened with that story line. They decided not to continue it for some reason." -- Kate StroupChad Buchanan/Getty

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