In light of the recent controversy surrounding the ABC hit show, “Grey's Anatomy,” Isaiah Washington has issued this statement in regards to making the now infamous slur toward T.R. Knight:
I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again...
- Isaiah Washington
“With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally.”
In response to the situation, Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of “Grey's” issued this statement:
"I speak for all the executive producers here at 'Grey's Anatomy' when I say that Isaiah Washington's use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference.
We've been working within the 'Grey's' family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues.
We appreciate the support the fans have always given our show, particularly during this stressful time. Creatively, we continue to strive to make the best television we can with the hope that our show reflects the talent, hard work and professionalism of our cast and crew. "
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