Isaiah Washington Takes the High Road

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Isaiah Washington: Vindicated?
Regardless of what really happened on the Grey's Anatomy set, we all know the ultimate result was that Isaiah Washington was not asked to return to the program.

As Isaiah attempts to restart his career, he paid a visit to the set of Access Hollywood for a candid interview with Billy Bush - mere hours after it was announced that T.R. Knight received an Emmy nomination.

"Do you think he benefited from this dust up?" Isaiah was asked by Bush regarding T.R. Knight and his Emmy nomination.

"T.R. Knight is a good actor. He has been a wonderful actor from day one," Isaiah said. "T.R. Knight, congratulations. He finally got the attention he deserved."

In fact, it was only well wishes from Isaiah for his former Grey's Anatomy co-star who received his first Emmy nomination on Thursday.

"Whether or not it serves any particular agenda that he's nominated now, to make a point, I can't speak on that. That's theoretical. I don't know, but good for him," the former Dr. Burke said.

Washington claims the controversy stemming from the Grey's Anatomy set had nothing to do with his decision to not submit his name for Emmy consideration, as actors typically do.

"It wasn't about not submitting because of the backlash," Isaiah Washington said. "I didn't want the pain of being nominated and losing. I didn't have a good time at the last Emmys. It was the stress of 'Are we going to win? Are we going to win?' the whole day. I remember being on the red carpet and my wife and I had the biggest argument because of my nerves."

Of course, it's not the first time the pressure of an awards show appears to have gotten to Washington, there was the post-Golden Globes incident.

"When you got up on the mic and used 'the word' for the second time, was that not just trying to disarm everybody and address the big elephant in the room?" Bush asked.

"Yes," Isaiah said. "It backfired hugely."

But did the party atmosphere of the Globes contribute to the notorious remark?

"The thing about the Golden Globes, why it's such a great awards show, is that everybody has a few drinks," Bush noted. "Did you have a couple of cocktails?"

"Oh yes. I was kind of asleep at the wheel," Isaiah laughed.

However, ABC's ultimate reaction wasn't exactly swift.

"It took ABC eight months to fire you. That rules out moral outrage," Billy said. "Sometimes in organizations people look and see who is more of a legal problem. Did you lose a political struggle?"

"I don't think I lost. I think the executive producers and the creator lost," Washington replied.

It was Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes who called Isaiah to give him the news.

"She didn't call to fire me," he said. "She called to give me a heads up as a friend."

But that very same day, Isaiah Washington got another phone call - from NBC, offering him a guest spot on Bionic Woman.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I think every fan of IW's and GA's would love for him to come back to the show - but let's face it: apart from the fact that the people at ABC are stupid: Burke is waaaay to unrealistic for the show. I mean, he is dedicated to his job, he loves only one woman, he is talented beyond imagination, he can cook AND he is faithful! No wonder they had to cut the character, after all he was the only man on the show who did not cheat and who had sex with only one woman during the entire three seasons. Now they have only cheating and whining guys left on the show - good luck, GA! Still: I would be happy if he came back, I really would!


He will come back to GA. The story line goes like this..
cristina has her flings..but still misses burke
GA's rating jobs..ABC executives realize they need to bring back IW. ABC offers him a bigger contract with more perks.. he comes back..just watch :)


Isaiah Washington is very classy and is great at handling the pressure of awkward situations. I commend him & can't wait to see more of his acting!


Isaiah is a blessed man! I've been praying for him!


i can't wait for the new show.. iw is so classy! way to handle an awkward situation!


So happy for him!! Can't wait to see Bionic Woman.


He is great! I am really looking forward to read/hear more on Bionic Woman and I hope he is on the show for a few episodes! He really is a brilliant actor. I just saw True Crime and he played the part extremely good! I wish him all the best!




Who cares...


enough already.


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