Eric Dane, who starred on Grey's Anatomy until 2012, had a curious reaction to Shonda Rhimes' tweet about Donald Trump

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated October 08, 2016 07:18 PM
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Former Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane got caught up in a bizarre exchange with former boss Shonda Rhimes while tweeting about Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women in a leaked video from 2005.

Rhimes — who has created a slew of hit ABC shows including Grey’s, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder — tweeted her frustration with some men’s condemnation of Trump, crediting having wives, daughters and mothers as a reason to criticize his lewd comments.

“Men, stop with ‘we have wives, daughters’ as reason not to condone his actions,” Rhimes tweeted on Friday. “You don’t condone his acts becuz you know right from wrong.”

Dane, who played Dr. Mark Sloan on the hit series until 2012, tweeted a curious message a few hours later but not directly in response to Rhimes.

“How bout this – f*ck @realDonaldTrump and I could give no fux about @shondarhimes opinion,” he wrote. “My wife and 2 girls. He needs to b btch slapped.”

Rhimes echoed most of the social media response to Dane’s tweet when she responded with a simple, “um?”

Dane, who is married to Rebecca Gayheart, later clarified his comments in subsequent tweets, explaining that he was just really against supporting Trump and he held no ill will against Rhimes.

“Settle down people I luv @shondarhimes But @realDonaldTrump? Cmon folks, are you crazy? Are you really supporting this a—? Wake the fuk up,” he wrote.

Dane added, “Don’t be confused… it all makes sense to me.”

On Friday, video surfaced of Trump making lewd comments about women with then-Access Hollywood cohost Billy Bush during a 2005 appearance on the entertainment show. He has since issued a rare apology after being roundly condemned by both his wife and many prominent Republicans.