Katherine Heigl Criticizes Remark, Would "Throw Down" For T.R. Knight

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Katherine Heigl, Isaiah Washington
It's the feud that wouldn't die.

Much as we would love to stop writing about this incident, the parties involved (and, to some extent, the mainstream media) make it impossible to ignore.

That's right, as many fans already know, there's trouble brewing among the cast of Grey's Anatomy. Again. And this time, another cast member - Katherine Heigl - is in the fray, albeit voluntarily.

At the Golden Globe Awards Monday, Heigl slammed co-star Isaiah Washington for using a slur regarding fellow cast member T.R. Knight, who he was denying using said slur against in the first place.

At issue was a statement Isaiah Washington made in the Golden Globes press room when he was asked about the alleged on-set incident between himself and Knight last fall, which preceded Knight's public coming out.

"No, I did not call T.R. a faggot," he said, according to Access Hollywood. "Never happened, never happened."

Heigl, who is close friends with T.R. Knight, criticized Washington's statement.

"I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period," she said. "I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it."

Asked if Knight's feelings were hurt by the comment, she said: "I don't see how you could not be under those circumstances."

Heigl, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Grey's Anatomy was named Best TV Drama), added that she didn't know exactly what to make of the comment, but hoped the cast would work through the incident like a family.

"I have no idea what it was, I just find it hurtful... I just feel like this is something that should be very much in house we need to deal with and it's among us, the cast and crew and among Shonda Rhimes (the show's creator) and the producers," she said.

Still, she was adamant that she'd stand up for Knight anytime.

"I don't think [Washington] meant it the way it came off, but T.R. is my best friend. I will throw down for that kid. I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if you hurt his feelings," she said.

For his part, Washington continued to address questions about the alleged on-set incident, later telling Access Hollywood:

"There is no way I could do anything so vile, and so horrible, not only to a castmate, but to a fellow human being. It did not happen. The reports were all wrong... I'm very disappointed that the New York Post actually wrote legitimately about something that was put in a tabloid about some angry person to get some validity to this, and then it just rippled."

He also said that he has completely made up with fellow co-star Patrick Dempsey after a scuffle prompted the alleged remark about Knight.

"I kiss Patrick Dempsey," said Washington. "We sing 'Ebony and Ivory' every day since the so-called incident and it hasn't come up."

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Burke, I love Grey's since it started....and will continue to love it...regardless..because there is a field that we can explore, and make it believable.


Transcript ??????? Did you not see the Ellen show?? If you did, you would of been able to form a better opinion!!! From all the things that you say on this website and the length of them.....you have too much time on your hands sweetheart, maybe you should get a life.


Hi Margo. I have read the transcript of TRs interview on Ellen, I have just not listened to the recording of it. There is a big difference between overhearing a comment said during an argument when emotions are high and someone is angry, than having the comment made directly to you with intent to hurt and humiliiate you. I think Isaiah was saying he did not call TR a faggot and I believe him. I don't believe I said TR imagined it. I asked if since it wasn't said to TR if he might have misheard. Have you seen the tape of the Golden Globes? It was not Isaiah that brought it up. They were asked immediately by Ted of Eonline about "Isaiah's homophobic slur". Isaiah was responding to a question asked about him personally. I agree. It was completely "No class at all", but it was not Isaiah's doing to begin with it was Ted's. I am sorry Isaiah responded, but understand why he felt he needed to.


Burke Backer Another thing, you obviously are not very deep...if you could not read T.R. Knight's interview on Ellen's show's....then you really have no right to comment on him at all. Yes, I believe that IW called him a faggot...and no I don't believe that T.R. Knight imagined it, and yes I believe it caused him pain, but that should of been the end of it. But Instead IW was way out of line for bring it up again at the Golden Glodes. NO CLASS AT ALL


Burke Backer Yes, I truly believe that IW would appear to be the kind of person that would say that, and deny it. When they received the Golden Globe award, what was that!!!! He made it all about him...I admire him as an actor, but I can't do the same as a person. He is self indulgent!!! I have two wonderful twin step daughters and one of them is gay and she holds a very high profile job in the police force in the U.S. and she is the first to say that men that are gay have it the worst..and fagot is not even humane in referring to another individual.


thanks burke backer - i appreciate that you can voice your opinions and not totally drag someone through the mud...i wish some other posters could do that.... great show tonight...you know what when i was watching the scenes with burke and george i was wishing and hoping that they could be that way in real life...


Katherine Heigl needs to mind her own business. She is making TR look like a punk and that has nothing to do with him being gay. He is a man, he needed to handle it that same day. Then if IW wanted to say it to his face he could have. I don't beleive he said it to him or about him. If he would have been on time to work he would have known. This was about him running late (like he is all of the time). He was wrong for going on Ellen months later. It should have been dropped. Katherine needs to mind her own business, she is not the best actor.


I agree with so many on this list who have said, once again, lets move on and concentrate on the show. I am so appalled by all of it really. It ruins the fantasy of Seattle Grace to have TR making claims on Ellen and Isaiah making denials on the Golden Globes, and Katherine siding with TR and threatening to "take out" Isaiah. It is just so divisive. Thank God Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey and Justin Chambers and the others know when to keep quiet. Purplemerder, you are such a nice person and I know you never want anyone to have hurt feelings. I just want you to know how much I appreciate that as a fellow frequent poster on this website. And thanks Bonnie and Say Uncle. I am really trying to understand this because I believe in my heart that these are all good people who keep hurting each other unintentionally. Everyone will make up their mind about this depending on who they personally like. I can't tell you how much I wish Isaiah had just not responded to the reporter who was baiting him. I can't tell you how much I wish that this would all go away, because I do love the character on the show and I want that character to stay with this actor bringing him to life. It is just sad that it has come up yet again and by Isaiah's own doing. Not a wise decision on his part. Was he drinking at the GG? Probably. They all seemed to be. Did this contribute to a lack of judgment, possibly. Does it make it okay, no. He hurt the show and he hurt himself. I am 1000% sure that Isaiah did not use this word to attack TR or his life style. If he used the word and maybe he didn't and TR thought that is what he heard, I don't know, but if he did use the word he needed to apologize for it. He has said that he apologized to both TR and Patrick, so I think he already did. I don't think when he defended himself against the media questions after the Golden Globe that he had any idea that in saying, "I did not call TR a faggot", people would once again be down on him for uttering the word that he was accused of using to begin with. I have no doubt that he was trying to dispell the rumors and declare his innocence. Katie Heigl may believe that it did not need to be said, but the media was not attacking her for months. If Isaiah felt he needed to set the record straight, he should have found a more appropriate time and place to do it. I am disappointed in him for that behavior. But, I also have no doubt that he holds TR in high regard and believe they can work it out if we give them a chance to do it. Their scenes together are some of my favorite.


Burke Backer - then he should have said I didn't call TR a F... but i did make the comment and it was wrong....
but its over...so I am done with it.....i want to move on...... :) much love for you burke backer.......i just want to focus on the show......


Burke Backer, we have the same thing in mind: Isaiah MIGHT indeed have used the "F" word, but it wasn't necessarily said to TR directly. I think Isaiah would think that if he would publicly deny calling TR a faggot, TR would most likely speak up and call Isaiah a big, fat liar (It's not like he'd pay TR a million bucks to say nothing about the incident). Would Isaiah want that? I guess not. No one in his right mind would want to embarass himself, right? I also think that Katherine Heigl's remark just added more gravity to the whole thing (peace, everyone, this is just an OPINION). TR and Isaiah could have done without her saying that. All these would cause nothing but problems for the show. Just when they've just won Best Drama Series (which emphasizes how succesful the show has been), this horrible thing happens. I love the show so much, and this really bothers me especially now that Isaiah being fired from the show is talked about. I may be somehow sound biased because I'm a fan of Isaiah (and Sandra, of course) more than anyone of the cast. But I'm saying all these as rational and as reasonable as I can be.


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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.