Isaiah Washington Says T.R. Knight Is Responsible for the Hostile Work Environment on “Grey’s”

June 25th, 2007 // 15 Comments

In an exclusive interview with Keith Boykin, Isaiah Washington said that now that he is no longer an employee of Disney, and consequently is no longer “gagged” from speaking about the issue in detail, he’s ready to tell his side of the story. When speaking with Boykin in a telephone interview, Washington revealed that up until now, he had been hesitant to speak out in depth on the subject out of loyalty to both “Grey’s Anatomy,” and the show’s producer, Shonda Rhimes. But now he says, that his ire is directed specifically at T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl. According to Washington, Knight manipulated both Patrick Dempsey and Washington into an argument by creating tension between the two co-stars and strategically “came out” in order to sway public opinion his way after the on-set fracas. Washington also says that Knight was neither on the set when the f-word was uttered, nor was it directed toward Knight.

“I know Patrick Dempsey has supported me by stating that if there is anyone that needs to be fired it is T.R. Knight because he has created such a negative environment on that set because he felt like he has not been treated and given the same leading man kinds of story lines that have been given to Patrick and Isaiah. He felt like his character was being treated very caricatureish and dopey and he wanted a change.”

More excerpts from Isaiah Washington’s interview after the jump…

Isaiah stated that the on-set incident in question came after a two-hour-long conversation between T.R. Knight and Washington, in which Washington alleges that Knight, “talked my ear off…about how horrible Patrick Dempsey is and how he needs to be removed from the show.” Above all, Washington claims that his frustrations with T.R. have nothing to do with the actor’s homosexuality.

“All of this I’m saying to you has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he’s gay. He came out October 19 as purely a tactical move to do exactly what it did, get public opinion in an outrage to lead them to believe that he is being picked on because he is gay. He could care less about the gay community.”

And in the immortal words of one Monica Geller, “This just got interesting.”

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. CarrieFever

    why is this man still allowed to speak he is crying like a little girl and making a complete fool of himself after this NO ONE is going to want to work with him let it go dude, seriously!!!!! and i love how he is speaking out for patrick dempsey we should see a statement from his people soon doing damage control because if they didn’t have drama on the set the do now!!! just like a scorned woman once they get hurt or in his case not having his contract renewed they “tell all”

  2. blah

    This makes sense. I was wondering why and how Katherine Heigle and TR got screen time. Their characters were always uninteresting to me.

  3. Fifi

    Isaiah talks to much, he should learn what not to say, but with that said, I feel like these idiot actors talk a big game about family and all this but they sure went after him like the red headed step child. Kathryn Heigl should have kept her fat mouth shut, a bit clicky and high school if you ask me… the slur was an ugly thing to say but it wasn’t even directed at T.R.

  4. Darth Paul

    That evil, conniving homo is to blame, huh? Please…what an turd. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but for him to now try to whine (lie?) about this is beyond pathetic. Who really cares, anyway? It’s not like he’ll get his job back or even sway public opinion.

  5. JD

    Amazing how cynical some people are. Wasn’t Washington the one who insisted that he NEVER said the “f” word? Perhaps that’s what life is like when you have no cojones but it’s not a life I would want no matter how much face time I receive

  6. Love me some burke

    Two sides to every story.

    He’s still hot and I’d still do him and now I feel a little less bad about wanting to.

  7. shirley pheenie

    Is that Kelly Clarkson?

    “George” and “Izzy” are the lamest of the lame bunch of characters on an increasingly lame show. I hope they kill them both off in a fiery death scene.

  8. mg

    They should all be fired. Kill your TV!

  9. shell

    Oooh, it sounds like TR is quite the little Iago of the Grey’s set! I buy it. George sucks, by the way. No chance two reasonably good-looking women would ever fight over him.

  10. T-bone

    George and Isaiah are both whiney little brats, but George has a job and Isaiah should shut-up and start looking for one.

  11. Esther

    I think Knight’s and Heigl’s characters are annoying and tedious and I echo the sentiments that they die in a fiery death scene. I was thinking the same thing earlier today. I actually enjoyed Dr. Burke almost more than Dr. Shephard. I think kicking Isaiah off was the wrong thing to do. They will have a much harder time keeping my interest. I really quite despise Izzy and George.

  12. Esther

    I think Knight’s and Heigl’s characters are annoying and tedious and I echo the sentiments that they die in a fiery death scene. I was thinking the same thing earlier today. I actually enjoyed Dr. Burke almost more than Dr. Shephard. I think kicking Isaiah off was the wrong thing to do. They will have a much harder time keeping my interest. I really quite despise Izzy and George.

  13. I thought he never used the word “faggot”, but apparently he lied at the Golden Globes. It just wasn’t directed at T.R….yeah, that makes me feel a LOT better. Assbag.

  14. Dark and Twisty Lee

    Isaiah Washington is two-faced. I’m glad he’s gone from the show, his character was only half way interesting when Cristina was around.

  15. j.c.

    I do believe it’s truth and hell no he’s not whinning he just did not cop out like t.r. knight who is the biggest whinner of all after all he’s gay (a girl) and washington should not have been fired, he acts like a freak any way it makes me mad when people try so hard to make gay people fit in they know god did not make them a girl if the whole world was gay then it would stop growing and i bet it’s even more to it then that he should have came out with it sooner all of it

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