Isaiah Washington: ‘Grey’s’ Firing Is Disgusting
Us reports that actor Isaiah Washington, fired from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 over a scandal involving homophobic remarks he reportedly made towards gay castmate T.R. Knight, spoke up about actress Brooke Smith’s firing from the show in an interview with TV Guide.
“You look at the way another consummate professional [is] being treated because her character, her story line [has] potentially made producers uncomfortable,” Washington said.
“Now that I see what they’re doing to a show that I love and I care about, I think it’s disgusting,” Washington said. “The fact that Shonda [Rhimes, the executive producer and creator of the show] has been put in this position is extremely unfair,” he added.
Smith’s character, lesbian doctor Erica Hahn, will reportedly be suddenly written out of the show this month and she has been let go from the cast. Other reports allege that a new character played by actress Melissa George has had her sexual preference changed from bisexual to heterosexual via a directive from ABC network executives.
Rhimes has denied that Smith’s firing was because of the lesbian storyline, and gave a lack of “magic” and chemistry between Smith and Sara Ramirez’s character as the reason in a statement.
And yes, you read that correctly, Isaiah Washington is suddenly standing up for lesbian rights. T.R. Knight must be reading this and going “what the-?”