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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Isaiah Washington seeks counseling and Shonda Rhimes speaks out

Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke, Grey’s Anatomy) has entered a behavioral treatment facility, according to Life & Style magazine.

The move was prompted by his recent actions of using a gay slur on the Grey’s Anatomy set toward castmate T.R. Knight (Dr. O’Malley, Grey’s Anatomy.) Washington then later denied to the press that he said the word “f-----,” during the Grey's Golden Globes post-win media conference, prompting outrage from castmates, the network, the press and the public. During the denial, Washington uttered the infamous "F" word again. Knight, in the interim, came out to the public, while rumors persisted that Washington could be fired over the incident.

Here is Washington’s statement:

"With the support of my family and friends, I have begun
counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity, and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and

Grey’s Anatomy show-runner Shonda Rhimes issued this statement about Washington:

"I speak for all the executive producers here at Grey’s Anatomy when I say that Isaiah Washington’s use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference.We’ve been working within the Grey’s family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah’s realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues.We appreciate the support the fans have always given our show, particularly during this stressful time. Creatively, we continue to strive to make the best television we can with the hope that our show reflects the talent, hard work and professionalism of our cast and crew."


Anonymous said...

If some white man had called him the 'n' word he would be sueing them from here to the moon and back. If the show keeps him they are as bad as he is. I and friends have sent messages to the shows advertisers that as long as his filthy mouth are on the show we will no longer purchase any of their products.

tubetalkaddict said...

I wish I could send all the chauvenists, bigots, racists and discriminates I work with to rehab. Seriously!

Anonymous said...

I really think this is out of control. Yes, the guy obviously has some issues, but since when does stupidity constitute time away in a facility???? This whole thing gets wackier by the moment.

lgrimes said...

Since this has happened, other revelations have come out that suggest that Isaiah Washington was not using the word toward T.R., rather using it as an adjective. I'm not saying it's right. I still think he should have left the show, however, I'm now concerned about why T.R. thought is was necessary to say he was referring to him.

tube talk girl said...

lgrimes....yes, you're right. Please see my updated post. Just do a search in the corner of this page for Isaiah Washington. Thanks.

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