Web This Site

Friday, July 27, 2007

Grey’s Anatomy boss finally speaks about Isaiah Washington’s firing

Cornered by a room of television critics at the annual press tour, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was forced to finally answer questions about the firing of cast member Isaiah Washington.

Unfortunately, the reporters didn’t press Rhimes about Washington’s claims that the homophobic slur he uttered was never meant toward costar T.R. Knight. (Washington made that comment on Larry King Live, but his former cast mates or Rhimes have yet to discuss it publicly.)

When asked how difficult it was for Rhimes to let Washington go, she didn’t mince words.

“It wasn’t. It was a decision that was a long time coming, and it felt like it was the right decision for all of us,” Rhimes said.

Rhimes also claimed that the season-finale ending, that ends with Preston Burke leaving, had been in the works for sometime.

I’m not sure why reporters didn’t ask Rhimes about Washington’s Larry King appearance, because, frankly, that’s what we all want to know. The reporters also didn’t bring up the fact that Washington claimed T.R. Knight had used the set scuffle to jockey a better position on the show.

Can you feel my frustration? Where’s Barbara Walters when you need her?

Far be it from me to ever tell TV journalists how to do their jobs, as I am but a simple lowly blogger in their eyes. But, one-on-one time with Rhimes is rare, and those questions should have been asked, in light of Washington’s attempt to clear his name.

To read more of Rhimes’ comments about the Washington situation, read the full story at TV Guide. But be warned: you probably won’t get the answers you’re seeking.


Copyright 2007 Tube Talk