Grey’s Anatomy boss says Meredith and Derek’s relationship wouldn’t work in the wake of #MeToo

Showrunner Krista Vernoff says Meredith and Derek wouldn’t have dated in the wake of the #MeToo movement (Picture: Getty)

Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff says Meredith and Derek wouldn’t have got together in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Derek was Meredith’s boss while she was an intern, and the fact that he ‘pursued’ her would have been a bit off in the current social climate, says Vernoff.

She said: ‘If you look at, for example, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd through the lens of Time’s Up and #MeToo, he was her boss, she was an intern, and she kept saying, “No, walk away from me”, and he kept pursuing her, and that is probably not a story we would tell on the show today, and it’s a beautiful reflection of the changing times.’

Derek and Meredith relationship is ‘not a story we would tell today’, says Vernoff (Picture: Getty Images)

But in an interview with Los Angeles Times she teased that there would be a ‘reversal’ on that storyline with a new love triangle involving Meredith and resident Delcuca.

Vernoff added: ‘We’re having to talk about and look at power dynamics. It is an ongoing conversation in the writers’ room. How do we tell that story in a way that feels honest and romantic and sexy and yet proactive and progressive?’

Meanwhile the season 14 finale saw the departure of Jessica Capshaw, who has played Dr Arizona Robbins for ten seasons.

Jessica was written out along with Sarah Drew, who played Dr April Kepner for nine seasons.

Jessica tweeted at the time: ‘[Arizona] was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television.

‘Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever.

‘I am sad to see her go but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations.’

Sarah said on Twitter: ‘I know you’re sad. I’m sad too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information.

‘I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank yous and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here.

‘I love you, and I love April, and her story isn’t over yet. And the really good news (for me, at least) is that I’m here on set shadowing some of my favourite people.’

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, saying she is ‘forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life’.

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