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Shonda Rhimes Reveals She Killed Off Characters Because She Didn't Like the Actor

Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

With several hit TV shows on ABC including the long-running Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, it is reasonable to believe that one phone call Shonda Rhimes can make an actor an A-lister. However, in a recent interview, Shonda Rhimes revealed that she actually killed off a character from one of her shows because she didn't like the actor. “Have you ever killed off a character because you didn’t like the actor? And extra bonus points for who it was,” Larry Wilmore asked Shonda Rhimes when she visited his Comedy Central show. Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com After taking a brief pause to gatehr her thoughts, Rhimes replied: "Yes ...and I'm not naming names." Her response got fans' wondering which actor was killed off because of their bad acting or personality. Many people think Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), who was killed off Grey's Anatomy last year. However, there are plenty of other people including Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), James Novalk (Dan Bucatinsky), Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) and Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). During the TCAs, Shonda Rhimes admitted that killing off McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy wasn't an easy choice. “We had a lot of discussions about it,” she said. “It wasn’t easy or fun, it is never easy or fun. We’ve been working really hard for a long time together. We’re family. Those choices and those decisions are never easy for any of us.” In addition, Shonda Rhimes revealed that Short's battle with drugs and legal issues led to the ending of the actor's TV acting career.

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