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T.R. Knight Discusses Anti-gay slur on Ellen

As a follow-up to our post this morning, here is video of T.R. Knight's appearance on Ellen.

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  1. Is TR even acting on Grey's? I swear I just watched an interview with George.

    Posted by: Marco | Jan 17, 2007 12:07:37 PM

  2. I just saw that and it made me tear up!

    I know it might sound sappy, but it was a great television moment between TR and Ellen.

    Posted by: Da | Jan 17, 2007 12:08:22 PM

  3. The bigot is obviously delusional .. he can not even ADMIT that he said it and is making public apperances LYING saying he did not say it.

    He is and his freaky wife should avoided by the media. However I have a feeling conservative blacks are going to embrace him as a "victim" which is why he is lying to gain their support - because he will not have any other fans except the same people who still like OJ.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Jan 17, 2007 12:15:32 PM


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    January 17, 2007

    Grey's Anatomy star jokes about being gay on Golden Globes red carpet

    Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, accompanied by his wife, shared a secret on the Golden Globes red carpet. "I love gay. I wanted to be gay," he said. "Please let me be gay."

    In October, Washington apologized for an on-set incident involving costars Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight during which Washington allegedly used a homophobic slur. Knight said last year he is gay. (Sandy Cohen, AP)

    What an ass.
    Obviously not sincere comments.
    Obviously not caring about the feelings of gay viewers. I would say the next thing is that he will start religion based commentary.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Jan 17, 2007 12:24:18 PM

  5. OK - what did I think about this?

    Well, congratulations to Ellen for providing him such a direct and public forum to discuss this. It was likely over the objections of many people around her.

    As for him, I don't watch this show and until this flap happened I'd never heard of him, however, I'm glad that he had the courage to take a negative and turn it into a positive for himself by coming out publicly and then calling out Mr. Washington as not telling the truth of the matter.

    In terms of the interview itself, gee whiz....I would have thought that he would have been a bit more articulate and self-possessed, this was not an ambus interview and he knew going in what they were going to talk about. His stuttering and many times did he say "I don't know" . Also - perhaps I am just old and tired and come from a different planet but he's NEVER been called the "F-Word" (is that the term now?) to his face? Wow. He didn't go to a public school?

    I don't mean to be harsh on him - just found it strange. Glad that this does not seem to be a negative for hiim professionally.

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jan 17, 2007 12:25:33 PM

  6. T.R. Knight is so FREAKING HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. hoya86...i found his shyness and his stuttering and stammering around to be endearing.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 17, 2007 12:35:36 PM

  7. What a cute guy T.R. Knight is. If only I could find a reasonably stable guy like T.R. to date. Sweet, attractive and wihtout need to be "fabulous" for everyone else, but himself. I know I'm a catch. Anyone else feel that way? Anyone???

    So sad that our community seems to be represented (in media) by the "superficial gay guy" more than the "typical well-rounded gay guy."

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 17, 2007 12:41:34 PM

  8. I was never called faggot. I don't know how I would feel. I don't identify that word as being something that would hurt me. Hearing it doesn't provoke anything in me. Maybe that has more to do with the way I process outside comments. Think you make a choice as to what/whom can hurt you.

    Don't know where that coping mechanism comes from. Guess I should be lucky to have it.

    That said, I still stand up for my rights. Just don't think it would internally hurt me.

    Posted by: Jimmy | Jan 17, 2007 12:47:12 PM

  9. Jeese, hoya86, I would never come to you for any kind of sympathy. Just because we've all been called a faggot doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Also, the guy is shy, not used to talking about himself. You go on TV talking about personal and humiliating issues and see how you fare. No wonder people don't want to come out of the closet. Why are we so judgemental?

    Posted by: Brucie | Jan 17, 2007 12:51:01 PM

  10. I don't think I've ever been called a faggot either. Anyway, moving interview.

    Posted by: EireKev | Jan 17, 2007 12:59:56 PM

  11. First of all, I hope that TR is a "reasonably stable, sweet, attractive" guy but let's be not be too hasty about juding someone's character based on what you see in TV and what you read.

    That said, I applaud TR for just talking about coming out -- I really don't care that he wasn't more articulate. Not everyone, not even every actor, is going to be some great orator, especially when talking about themselves, sans script.

    Posted by: David | Jan 17, 2007 1:02:24 PM

  12. Now I know for sure that times are changing - SHE brought it up!

    Posted by: 000000 | Jan 17, 2007 1:27:26 PM

  13. Kudos to TR for going public and hopefully forcing Washington out of the homophobes closet. I am sure this interview was difficult for him and things can't be very tranquil on the set. It's up top Rhimes now to address the issue in a fitting way.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jan 17, 2007 1:28:25 PM

  14. I consider myself to be articulate. However, ask me about my sexuality (or anything personal for that matter) and I'm very shy about sharing it. Not ashamed, just find it extremely personal--unless you're someone I plan on sleeping with. Mulitply sharing that with a studio auidence and hundreds of thousands of viewers and you'd be shy also, unless you wouldn't.

    Good for TR!

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 17, 2007 1:29:43 PM

  15. Isaiah Washington is nominated for an NAACP Image award - please ask for his nomination to be withdrawn:

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 17, 2007 1:44:27 PM

  16. Another person has taken my username Jack. Anyway, I'm the Jack that has been here for months. Many of you know me from my "outrageous" comments. I'm now going to use the name Jack! so don't take it.

    I'm glad TR talked about the situation. It needs to be resolved in a good faith effort.

    Posted by: Jack! | Jan 17, 2007 1:45:10 PM

  17. I hope they fire Washington now. Not for the initial slur (which he could have dealt with by taking it seriously and apologizing and really being contrite). He should be fired for his tactless, insensitive comments at the Golden Globes. He obviously thinks this serious incident can be downplayed with lame jokes and mistruths (sure, he didn't call Knight faggot to his face, but he did refer to him as such).

    He clearly can't keep his trap shut. He is his own worst enemy. And now he's forced the story to be a story again. And this time, ABC can't sweep it under the rug.

    Good move on Knight's part to set the record straight. He clearly won't be bullied by Washington and network spinmeisters who would prefer to think that nothing happened.

    Posted by: SGR | Jan 17, 2007 1:47:04 PM

  18. Like I said - Since this was not an ambush interview where someone was sticking a microphone in his face while he was on line at Starbucks, I would have assumed that he would have had his thoughts a bit more put together.

    I am only reacting to what I saw in this clip - I don't pretend to know this guy, although it seems that a few of you are projecting your own feelings on him as though they are actual character attributes. How do you know he's shy? stable?

    I am not sure what there is to feel sorry about regarding this guy. Someone else showed a very poor sense of character and respect for others, but TR seems to have handled this well. What is it I'm supposed to feel sorry about? That he came out to People magazine?

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jan 17, 2007 1:53:47 PM

  19. He is endearing, but I would confine his bravery for coming out publicly. That did involve financial risks. Otherwise, people are getting blown up in Iraq, so "bravery" is a cautionary sliding scale. TR's probably going to get into trouble for going on Ellen. The producers of GA are going to get mad.

    Posted by: Anon | Jan 17, 2007 2:13:49 PM

  20. I am happy he went on the show and proud of him for doing so, but I wish TR could have been a little more articulate. Sure, he's shy, so am I, so are a lot of us -- but he had the opportunity to address this issue in front of the nation, I wish he could have pulled it together a little more.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 17, 2007 2:15:27 PM

  21. a hearty BRAVO to Ellen and Mr. Knight for talking about this. I've been called "homo" and "faggot" and believe me, it hurts. As I mentioned before, I've heard neighbors use these words and have taken action on it. We must speak up for ourselves when this happens. People have got to learn that this is no longer acceptable to us or to anyone else.

    Posted by: miss dna | Jan 17, 2007 2:20:22 PM

  22. Thanks, Andy, for the clip! Knight deserves a standing ovation from all of us—and maybe a loan when he finds himself blackballed after "Grey's Anatomy" eventually expires. Following the grace that he showed in coming out, when, as he touched on, he could have, and was probably VERY heavily pressured to ignore the incident by his agent, his publicist, the producers, his friends, his mama, other cast members, now he has the courage to risk the further wrath of the show's shameless producers in going public with this on the heels of the astounding repeated denial wrapped in further homophobic arrogance of Washington two nights ago.

    Anyone who has even a passing real life acquaintance with someone in the business, or has read of the chilling stigma still associated with even "playing" gay—from the referenced but unnamed number of young actors who turned down "Brokeback" back to Harrison Ford et al. turning down "Making Love" and beyond—understands the multiple career risks Knight just took. And not just the "out gay"-related issues. We all know that wherever we work rocking the company boat is a no-no.

    Again, Bravo, Mr. Knight, and good luck.

    PS: Of course, not a word about this has yet to appear on SAD's er GLAAD's Website but, hey, you can buy tickets now for the four-city 18th Annual GLAAD Fellates Itself Awards.

    Posted by: Leland | Jan 17, 2007 2:22:55 PM

  23. I can't stand how much I love this guy. He's great and I admire his courage. I agree with you Matt, he could've been a bit more articulate, but I'm guessing he decided to do the show mostly because of Washington's denial about the incident. TR strikes me as the kind of actor that is probably more comfortable acting in front of cameras than he is being on camera as himself. Either way it still takes balls for someone to go on and do what he's done.

    Posted by: JR | Jan 17, 2007 2:25:24 PM

  24. I've never watched the show, as I'm not a T.V. person, so I had never heard of Knight before this incident.
    I think I can understand his not being as articulate as he could have been. I can't talk about personal things unless I'm very close to the person I'm talking to, to have to talk about something this personal on t.v. would be almost if not impossible for maybe I'm projecting a bit when I say I understand why he was so at a loss for words. At one point in the clip, I thought he might cry, maybe he was trying to hold that back and made expressing himself difficult.

    Anyway, he's a cute dude....if he's reading this...I'm 24 and very me....lmao

    Posted by: Joshua | Jan 17, 2007 3:35:48 PM

  25. Oh, and I have never been called a faggot either.....

    Posted by: Joshua | Jan 17, 2007 3:37:54 PM

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