Recently, Shonda Rhimes appeared on The Nightly Show, and during her appearance, she admitted that, yes, she has killed off a character because of disagreements with actors.
“Have you ever killed off a character because you didn’t like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don’t even think about lying,” host Larry Wilmore asked.
“Yes, and I’m not naming names,” answered Rhimes.
Although she didn’t give specifics, it’s easy to think of a few names, such as Patrick Dempsey, the latest to be killed off on Grey’s Anatomy, or Scandal’s Columbus Short, whose character left the show following Short’s allegations of drug abuse and domestic violence.