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Isaiah Washington Apologizes, Admits Conduct Unacceptable, Will Seek Help

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Under fire by both ABC and gay leaders, Isaiah Washington has apologized for what he called his "unacceptable in any context" comments about gay co-star T.R. Knight at Golden Globe Awards Monday night.

"I can neither defend nor explain my behavior," Washington said in a statement, according to People. "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."

Isaiah Washington Apologizes, Admits Conduct Unacceptable, Will Seek HelpApologizing to "T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community," Isaiah Washington said he "marred what should have been a perfect night" for Grey's Anatomy and hurt both Knight and "everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted.

"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," Washington said.

Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke on the hit ABC show, denied in the pressroom at the Golden Globes on Monday that he ever used a gay slur in reference to Knight.

"No, I did not call T.R. a faggot," said Washington. "Never happened, never happened."

But during an appearance Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Knight said that Washington did use the word during an on-set argument with co-star Patrick Dempsey in October.

"He referred to me as a faggot," he told DeGeneres. "Everyone heard it."

Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), said Thursday night that Washington "has scheduled a meeting with us for early next week, and we look forward to exploring opportunities for moving forward and healing some of the wounds of the past four months."

Earlier GLAAD had demanded that Washington apologize for his actions. Some fans have also circulated a petition online to have the actor fired.

ABC has responded by saying that Washington's remarks at the Golden Globe Awards were unacceptable and are being addressed.

"We have a long standing policy to create and maintain respectful workplaces for all our employees," the network said in a statement.

"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."

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Apparently, I'm not makiing "assumptions" if there are people who don't feel he deserved to be let go. And popular opinion, well CNN conducted a poll on whether he should be let go and the results: 45% yes, 52% no.

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GETTING FIRED FROM SEATTLE GRACE...
Well, here it is, a whole 4 months after the first incident between our beloved male characters, and it rears its ugly head again. The "F" word from Isaiah has become the focal point that should not have been. I've been hoping he would grow up in the months passed, but apparently, he didn't get that memo. I LIKE HIM, I LIKE HIS CHARACTER, BUT I DESPISE HIS ATTITUDE OFF-SCREEN.
Here's where my duck gets plucked: If you said it, fine, admit it; apologize sincerely, and then move the hell on.
If you didn't say it, don't say it! If you apologize for saying it, don't bring it up again months later and say you never said it. Otherwise, what was the frickin' apology for in the first place? It's understandable that people have personal opinions of others. The point is, some things are not to be said out loud, and especially if national cameras are rolling to pick it up. You'd think Mel and Mr. Richards would've made that very obvious. And, by the way, ANGER is NOT AN EXCUSE FOR CRUEL LANGUAGE AND HURTFUL NAME CALLING SUCH AS THIS. I think our friend Isaiah realizes the position in which he's placed himself and he now needs to try to save his own a*#. He needs to save his job.
Popular opinion (which is now more gay and lesbian-based) seems to feel that he should be fired. I for one agree, only because if you have a great show like "Grey's" you cannot afford to have one bad apple ruin it for everyone. Like it or not, what a person says off-screen effects the number of people who watch what happens on-screen. If you piss off your audience, they turn you off. If they turn you off, the ratings go down. If the ratings go down, you get cancelled. T.R. Knight has been nothing but a gentleman, and if it were anyone's choice, it should be him who says whether or not he'd be willing to continue to work with Mr Washington.

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BB, I agree with you about KH. Her comment to a reporter was "I don't think Washington means it the way it comes out", but yet she blows it all out of proportion. I don't get her at all. She even when on to say "she didn't know if he [Knight] was hurt". I think someone needs to sit down with her too and find out whats going on, because there is something straight about her behavior.

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Sometimes it goes beyond how much you love a program, so please don't make assumptions on what it means to be a fan.

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Well, for everyone that says they won't watch if he stays on, their is someone who won't watch if he leaves. So the bottom line is that GA will be gone sooner than later. So if want to see that happen, than you're not a GA fan anyways.

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That'd be reeks* and given* (typos galore!). :)

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I will definitely not continue watching the show if Isaiah Washington is still part of the cast. His comments to Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush and his persistent insistence that he did not use the word completely evaporated any credibility he may have had. Had he confessed from the beginning and not have worsened an already bleak situation by adding "liar" to the list, he might have come off fairly well, because we can be a forgiving public. He clearly does not understand the consequences of his actions and this apology wreaks of damage control. Well it's too late in my book, and I feel strongly enough about this to discontinue watching a show I love dearly if this individual is still being paid to play a part that can be giving to a more deserving person.

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SO IS ISAIAH WASHINGTON FIRED OR NOT? I AM SO CONFUSEDD

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This is just getting so ridiculous, he can't win. He makes the apology, and their still something to say, if he didn't make the apology, there would still be something said. Well, you know what that says... Unbelievable!! This is why the outsiders need to butt out.

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I AM SO UPSET ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION. I WOULD THINK THAT A MAN OF COLOR WHO I AM SURE HAS BEEN THE TARGET OF IGNORANCE AT SOME POINT OF HIS LIFE (WE ALL HAVE) WOULD NOT ONLY HAVE MORE COMPASSION FOR HIS FELLOW CAST MATES BUT ALSO FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH THE DAY TO DAY HATE THAT IS DISHED OUT LEFT AND RIGHT BY SOCIETY AS A WHOLE. PERSONALLY I DONT BELIEVE A MAN WHO CALLS ANOTHER MAN A "FAGGOT" HAS THE ABILITY THE WRITE SUCH A HEARTFELT APOLOGY, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE DID THE APOLOGIZING FOR HIM AND I DONT BELIEVE HE IS SORRY. I THINK IT IS TIME TO REPLACE WASHINGTON!

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