Isaiah Washington: Truly Angry, Contemplating Lawsuit

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Isaiah Washington wasn't joking when - in response to being axed from Grey's Anatomy yesterday - he issued the Network-inspired statement: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."

In an exclusive interview, the actor's spokesperson, Howard Bragman, told TV Guide that "Isaiah really is angry."

An Angry Isaiah
Particularly mystifying to the star is the timing of his ouster: months after he revived the F-word controversy by repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globes.

"If they wanted to fire him," Bragman asks, "why didn't they fire him when [the incident] happened? Why did they say, 'Here's what you need to do if you want to come back… ' and then, when he did everything that was asked of him, he still gets fired. Why do you treat somebody like that?

"If you made a mistake, you acknowledged the mistake, you went into counseling, you met with the groups, you did the PSA, you did everything that was asked of you, and then they still kick you in the gut? How would you feel?"

While Bragman says there was no formal agreement with ABC that if Washington did X, Y and Z he could keep his job, "there was a discussion and it was agreed upon that this is what needs to be done to come back, and he did everything...And, in fact, we were the ones that pushed for the PSA."

Although Bragman won't rule out Washington taking possible legal action against ABC, he adds, "It would be premature to speculate. We have time to discuss that."

(A rep for ABC studios declined to comment on a potential lawsuit, but a studio executive with knowledge of the TV biz says producers have the legal right to not pick up an actor's option â€" with or without cause.)

Might Washington, who is currently shooting the independent movie The Least of These in Los Angeles, make a brief return to Grey's to tie up Burke's loose ends? "That would be a question for ABC," Bragman says. "I certainly can't imagine they would tell him they're not renewing his contract and then ask him to come back and clean things up."

What do you think? Should ABC have Washington come back for a cameo in order to actually send him off properly? Sound off on our

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Personally, I think that the whole matter made it very easy for TRK to out himself! I mean, even if that hadn't happened, eventually he would have come out of the "closet"! So - and I'm sure of that - without the gay slur incident people would have reacted differently than they did after IW's mistake! When that happened and he was finally brave enough to tell the rest of the world he was pitied by almost everybody and there was absolutely no awkwardness whatsoever regarding his sexual orientation! Everybody felt that they had to support "Bambi" and turn IW into the big bad wolve! Please note: that's my personal opinion! It might not be exactly that way, but that's how I feel about the whole thing!


I think it's immature of TRK to go on various talk shows and make matters worse by repeating what Isaiah said. Honestly, IW tried his hardest to make things better and kept his patience when this was happening; he kept repeating that "TR Knight is a great man"... hell if I was Isaiah I wouldn't be saying that after TR made everything 10 times worse.
If any of my views have changed on the show, it is my view of TR Knight because I think it was really unneccesary for doing what he did.. he could have just dropped it. I realise IW has said some other things.. but lets be serious here, calling someone a faggot shouldn't be blown into this much drama.


IW FIRED! This guy is an ACTOR! He played Burke so well --- finally, a young, cerebral, skillful black man who is not a cop or thug.
The relationship between Burke & Yang sizzles; both actors have real talent & FILL the screen! You are tossing THAT away!
No one really cares what IW said to whom on the set or anywhere else -- except the Gay Nation, of course. Did IW frighten TRK? Frankly, the guy whom he called a fagot is a fagot, really. Did he run crying to "mommy" or the "PC" police? Is he one of those helpless boys who needs protection?
TRK plays a Loser, looks like a Loser AND he got a raise? Does this mean he will have more face time?
George is one of the secondary characters who should have been culled. I surf the net when there are story lines that feature George. TRK is just unbelievably dull looking, curls, slack jaw & all. His "serious" facial expression seems to always be mouth open, slack jaw -- all that's needed is a dribble of drool. He doesn't "look smart enough" to play the role of a med school graduate.
I think that the only way for ABC to get it's money worth out of TRK is to "out" the character. Now, that would appease the Gay Nation & be quite a twist! It's too bad that he wasn't cast as a gay nurse transitioning to MD from the beginning. TRK looks perfect for the role!


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I'm glad he's gone. Did anyone see the E! interview where he had to stop it to tell them they need to be more organized?! okay and SERIOUSLY?! Going to rehab for saying a word- are you serious?!?! Is it just me, or is everytime a star does something socially unacceptable, they go to rehab?! I mean come on! What he needs is someone to hit him on the head and say, "How about trying to be courteous and respectful?!" I dunno, just my thought. Characterwise, Bourke was alright, although he wasn't my favorite still a good character-
I'll miss Bourke, but not Isaiah.


ok, i agree with you. it's pathetic to think that you have right to judge, punish or even forgive(!) Isaiah for the things that he did not do to you. and btw many talks are there that Patrick Dempsey is not the most saintly angel either. does that mean we should hate him? =/ can anyone help me answer my prev question please? ^scroll ahead 2 posts. =] thanks!


Sarah: IW is only a goog actor??? Then, if I might ask, how do you explain the awards he won??? And, by the way, do you know either PD or IW? How can you say that one of them is loveable and the other one is not? A person makes a mistake and that makes them unloveable??? Sorry, but your comment is just stupid!


They fired him for a real reason. I don't think IW is better than PD.
Patrick is a great actor and a lovable man. IW is only a good actor.


hi there! can I ask someone how do I join the forum? I keep opening up the forum but there is no way for me to post reply, it isnt clickable! I'd like to post my comments on this in the forum instead. thanks for the help! ^^ yes I couldnt imagine Cristina without Burke. It's like losing a soul. I hate the network for doing that to our fave couple x/


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