Isaiah Washington, who purposely did not submit his name for Emmy consideration for his work on Grey’s Anatomy, yesterday congratulated former co-star T.R. Knight on his nomination in an interview with Billy Bush on Access Hollywood.
Said Washington: “T.R. Knight is a good actor. He has been a wonderful actor from day one. T.R. Knight, congratulations. He finally got the attention he deserved. Whether or not it serves any particular agenda that he’s nominated now, to make a point, I can’t speak on that. That’s theoretical. I don’t know, but good for him.”
Washington also explained why he chose to bow out of the awards consideration: “It wasn’t about not submitting because I was afraid of the backlash. I didn’t want the pain of being nominated and losing. I didn’t have a good time at the last Emmys. It was the stress of ‘Are we going to win? Are we going to win?’ the whole day. I remember being on the red carpet and it was hot and my wife and I had the biggest argument because of my nerves.”
Bush and Washington also briefly discussed, once again, the second f-bomb slur Washington used at the Golden Globes ceremony, saying that it was an “attempt to disarm everybody and address the big elephant in the room.”
Admitted Washington: “It backfired hugely.”