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Breaking: Isaiah Washington Fired from Grey's Anatomy

TV Guide's Michael Ausiello broke the story a few hours ago on the website,  "An ABC Studios spokesperson confirms that the actor's
contract option has not been picked up, but declined further comment."

WashingtonHis sources said it was, "likely due only in part to the T.R. Knight homophobic slur scandal and the subsequent fallout. "There was a pattern of problematic behavior going back before he used the F-word," says my spy. "I imagine [his dismissal] was the result of all of that.

Washington's spokesperson Howard Bragman further confirmed it later this  evening.

Somewhat inappropriately, Washington's only comment has been  to quote the movie Network, saying, "I'm mad as hell and am not going to take it any more." And while I didn't hear him speak, it seems to fit with his inauthentic renditions a quick demi-apology and a psa with GLAAD last week.

Andy's traveling and is in a later time zone, but i'm sure will have more in the morning.

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  1. All of this discussion is fine and everything, but what on earth does it have to do with Paris Hilton?

    THAT'S the most pressing topic of the day, as everyone in the world knows!

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 8, 2007 3:27:13 PM


  2. Great. Finally a network is treating everyone the same. If Don Imus was kicked for his remarks, Isaac Washington should be kicked out also. Lets wait and see what the "Hollier-than-Thou" Rev. Sharpton has to say about this. Oh, I forgot he's in LA in the Paris Hilton garbage. Can anybody that is close to the Rev. come out with his comments about this situation?.

    Posted by: Oscar | Jun 8, 2007 5:35:31 PM


  3. Miss Howard Bragman is his PR Rep? Next we'll find out that Tony Snow is a Democrat.

    Posted by: DC8 Stretch | Jun 8, 2007 6:08:56 PM


  4. Osvaldo, as another gay person of color, I totally disagree with your reasoning. The NAACP made the same mistake. Washington's race does not entitle him to having his previous work history be ignored.

    From an HR perspective ingoring Washington's race, he should have been fired or at least suspended and docked pay after the initial incident. He assaulted a co-worker and used hate speech against a member of a protected class covered by CA law. In any other worplace in that state, that would be more than enough cause for immdediate dismissal. The employers, ABC and the producers, dropped the ball on that count in favor of protecting their creative and financial interests. That opened the door for Washington's other public actions. In any workplace environment, this would poison the atmosphere for all employees. Eventually, the employer has to make an evaluation of what is in the best interest of the show.

    Despite the rehab, PSA, etc., his actions and comments should not have been wiped from his record and forgotten. They still count toward any evaluation of his performance. Plus, public questions about the impact of his actions continued to circulate and actually increased since contracts were being renegotiated. There was really no other choice left but to give the show a fresh start by eliminating the cause of all the tension and bad publicity. This was the right decision, only about 8 months too late.

    Posted by: James C | Jun 8, 2007 6:11:21 PM


  5. I am delighted to see we have so many perfect people that we have to assume have NEVER used the "N" word. Personally I have to think I.W. did try to make amends and supporting this kind of solution with such glee seems to preclude winning people over to understanding the issues and getting things in perspective. Sometimes its better not to be so vindictive and see what you can accomplish.

    Posted by: drlee | Jun 8, 2007 6:27:54 PM


  6. GOOD!

    Posted by: Mattelboy | Jun 8, 2007 8:09:01 PM


  7. Okay, Becks and other defenders of Grey's anatomy: Next time you need an operation: do you really want to look up and see something that looks like Sandra Oh (rolls eyes) or anybody else on that show standing over you with a scalpel?

    Posted by: Joe T. | Jun 8, 2007 8:16:55 PM


  8. its ridiculous to fire him.....dont gays say awful things too?...making straights afraid of gays is not an improvement...trust me on this....

    Posted by: alan brickman | Jun 8, 2007 8:50:41 PM


  9. If TR had said something about him, he'd be gone in a second.

    Now we've put others on notice: homophobia will not be tolerated.

    Posted by: Louie | Jun 9, 2007 3:13:05 AM


  10. @DerrickPhilly, you my good man have more faith in your fellow gays who are white than I do. Only a handful of them decried the racist sentiments that were thrown out at IW here and on other sites, and even today, when they should be happy that he got what they wanted, canned, some are still using that tired old race card.

    If anyone thinks that by getting him fired its going to change the face of homophobia, think again, people will now walk on egg shells and say that we are weak and not real men. And, its sure as heck not going to make tolerance work, forcing someone to beg for a job and then get them axed and banned from working again, as anyone knows, his career is now over.

    Instead of going after a two bit actor,and not the ilk of a Mel Gibson who spews, or why haven't all these enraged posters went after all these states who have banned gay marriage and partner benefits? Too busy going after a boob on a lame televison show, amazing logic.

    Posted by: Juan Pablo | Jun 9, 2007 11:45:11 AM


  11. DerrickPhilly,

    I appreciate and respect your faith in others. And, ultimately, I hope you're right. But the racially charged reaction to IW should surprise no one. A person's sexual orientation doesn't change their appearance, nor does it the way they were raised.

    And I think some LGBT people of color are suckered into believing the hype of 'diversity' and 'inclusion' within the gay community. But the reality is far more complicated that slogans, and whether this inclusiveness goes beyond a tolerance for sexual fetishes is debatable.

    In other words...

    Just because a white boy wants to have sex with you, doesn't mean he isn't a racist. It means he's horny. Nothing more.

    Posted by: John | Jun 11, 2007 2:19:49 PM


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