Celebrity News January 19, 2007
Isaiah Washington: 'I Can Neither Defend Nor Explain My Behavior'
“Extra” has learned that the cast of “Grey's Anatomy” was back at work on Wednesday after having Monday and Tuesday off – their “weekend.”
In light of the recent controversy, Isaiah Washington issued this statement:
I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community...
- Isaiah Washington
“I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on 'Grey's Anatomy.' I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help.”
“I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I've hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I've opened.”
“T.R.'s courage throughout this entire episode speaks to his tremendous character. I hold his talent, and T.R. as a person, in high esteem. I know a mere apology will not end this, and I intend to let my future actions prove my sincerity.”
Ellen DeGeneres called “Extra” with this statement about the “Grey's” scandal:
"In recent times we've seen a lot of people using hateful words... Hopefully this incident will put an end to this, and people will stop using this word and other hateful words."