Celebrity News January 18, 2007
You Tell Us: Should Isaiah Be Fired from 'Grey's Anatomy?'
It's the real-life battle that's dividing the cast of TV's top drama, “Grey's Anatomy.”
“He called me a faggot,” T.R. Knight said of Isaiah Washington to talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres.
Now, T.R.'s explosive accusation against his “Grey's” co-star could cost Isaiah his job, according to TV Guide Consulting Editor Mary Murphy.
“He may have put them in a position where there's nothing else they can do,” Murphy said. “I think that there's an easy way to write him out. He's already been marginalized, and I'm sure he's very angry about that. I'm sure that's part of what went on with him.”
Even the show's loyal fans have expressed their frustration on the “Extra” website, posting comments like, “It's time Mr. Washington goes home,” “Time to recast” and “Shame on him.”
Late Thursday, ABC told "Extra" : “We have a long standing policy to create and maintain respectful workplaces for all our employees. We dealt with the original situation in October, and thought the issue resolved. Therefore, we are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use such inappropriate language at the Golden Globes, language that he himself deemed 'unfortunate' in his previous public apology. We take this situation very seriously. His actions are unacceptable and are being addressed.”
However, Isaiah maintains the ordeal “really was blown out of proportion.”
The controversy has continued to shine the spotlight on the married father of three and former military man who starred in a string of Spike Lee films before “Grey's” made him a household name.
The downside of that fame? Isaiah blames the press for keeping the controversy alive.
“I need to get some shares in some magazines because they made a hell of a lot of money,” Isaiah joked.
Meanwhile, co-star Katherine Heigl told “Extra” that what the once close-knit cast now needs is closure.
“It just needs to stop,” she said. “T.R. is my best friend in the world, and I'm not cool with his feelings being hurt.”
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