Grey's Anatomy star hits back at fan complaints as drama blasted for 'wasting face masks' for hospital scenes

ONE of the leading ladies on Grey's Anatomy had the perfect response to a fan complaining of the drama 'wasting face masks'.

A disgruntled fan took to Twitter to complain that the use of PPE on the medical drama was a waste and should be reserved for real frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic

"You don’t need to be wearing a N95/KN95 mask behind the scenes. You don’t need to be wasting PPE. A disposable mask will work just fine," the angry viewer wrote.

Actress Camilla Luddington – who plays Jo Karev on the show – clapped back at the accusation saying the cast was only wearing the KN95 masks as props and not using them as real protection off set.

"If you see any of us wearing KN95s behind the scenes, it's because we are wearing our costume masks," she responded on Twitter.

"We don't also get an extra KN95 to wear between takes."

Camilla's run in with the fan comes as the Grey's team decided to give "pure joy" to the show's fans by bringing back Patrick Dempsey for a surprise cameo.

His character – Dr Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd -was killed off in season 11 but appeared in a vision to his wife, Dr Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) in the premiere episode of season 17.

The surprise scene saw a seriously ill Meredith slip into unconsciousness, where she runs into her swoony, dead husband on a beach.

Meredith shouts: "I miss you."

To which Derek replies: "I know," before starting to walk towards her.

Grey's showrunner Krista Vernoff explained they decided to bring McDreamy back to provide "pure joy" for its fans during what has been a tough year.

"The most important task we had this season was to honor the reality of this global pandemic and the impact it's having —particularly on healthcare workers," she told Hollywood Reporter.

"Along with that we had to come up with creative ways to allow our show to still be fun and romantic and provide some escapism. Enter Patrick Dempsey.

"The beach motif — which will continue beyond the premiere — provided a way for us to live outside the pandemic even for a little while here and there.

"And Derek's return provided pure joy for us, for Meredith, and for the fans."

Vernoff and Pompeo also opened up about the "Herculean" task of getting the 17th season filmed during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Our effort is nothing compared to the work of our frontline healthcare workers to whom this season is dedicated," Vernoff said.

"We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks to protect them and each other. As Derek Shepherd would say, 'It's a beautiful day to save lives.'"

Pompeo added: "In a strange way, the behind the scenes of the show is certainly paralleling what we need, with the stories that we put out. What do we love about the show? We love that the show brings people together.P

"We love that the show hopefully opens people's minds, it opens people's hearts, and I think that, in the running of the show and the making of the show, if we follow those same principles, if we follow the principles of love first, of acceptance, of open mind, open heart, forgiveness, all of it is, that's the message of Grey's."

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