T.R. Knight Explains Why He Left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Last night was the premiere of T.R. Knight’s new play with Patrick Stewart, David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre. The 37-year-old said he still gets a bit of stage fright and that actors are a strange brood of folks.

“You set your expectations low so you’re not disappointed and then something like this happens and it’s fantastic. So then you go to the next job and it’s like, ‘Now I’ll never work again,'” he says. “We choose a job where we’re rejected 99 percent of the time. We have to be just completely bonkers in order to do that.”

So what was the deal with Grey’s Anatomy? Well, Knight asked to be released from his contract early after realizing his part was not fulfilling, a departure that came a few years after co-star Isaiah Washington referred to him with an anti-gay slur, prompting Knight to publicly disclose his homosexuality.

“Looking back, I learned so much and it was so valuable. But there are times in anybody’s job where you feel the best decision is to move on. It doesn’t detract from the knowledge that I gained, and it doesn’t detract from my gratitude,”

Knight says.