Isaiah Washington On Patrick Demspey's 'Grey's' Silence
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 20, 2007) Just hours after T.R. Knight received his first Emmy nomination on Thursday, his former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star Isaiah Washington sat down with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and offered congratulations to T.R.
Yet, there is still tension between these two actors. T.R. claims Isaiah called him a homophobic slur on set, which Isaiah vehemently denies.
However, T.R. wasn’t there when it happened. Someone else was Patrick Dempsey.
“Dempsey, it seems to me, could’ve cleared everything up by standing up and saying one thing. By saying, ‘Isaiah never said that to T.R. I was there,’” Billy suggested. “If he’s a friend, how could he not do that?”
“Nice observation Billy,” Isaiah grinned.
Isaiah admits he did use the anti-gay slur, but he denies using it against T.R. Knight, claiming instead it was part of an angry outburst at Dempsey, putting Patrick in a unique position to be able to clarify what really happened.
But was Patrick’s silence due to a gag order from ABC?
“Look if the guy who is McDreamy on this incredibly successful, monetarily successful show says [you] never said that about T.R., they’re not going to fire him for that,” Billy said.
“Maybe he now knows and understands his power,” Isaiah replied. “We became closer together, but?”
“How close can you be if the guy doesn’t stand up for you,” Billy interjected.
“That goes to his character and how he felt about protecting his image,” Isaiah said.
“Well if you figured you’d be good on your own, he was right,” Billy noted.
“And maybe that’s the kind of good ol’ boy mentality. Maybe it’s like ‘Well, he’ll be alright.’ I don’t know. I can’t speak for Patrick,” Isaiah said. “Good luck on getting anything out of Patrick or anyone in terms of how he feels about it. He chose to make the decision he’s made, but as it seems, it worked out in my favor at the end of the day.”
As it turns out, the very same day ABC let Isaiah go, NBC picked him up.
“You got a new gig minutes later on NBC,” Billy said. “You must feel vindicated.”
“Yes I do,” Isaiah admitted.
In fact, he was immediately wooed by brand new high-ranking NBC exec Ben Silverman.
“”The day that you got let go, wow, what an emotional day!” Billy said.
“I didn’t want the sun to come up. I didn’t know what the next day was going to bring. But what it brought was Ben Silverman on the phone with my agent saying I was coming to NBC,” Isaiah explained. “True story.”
Not only is Isaiah developing his own action show with NBC, but he will also appear in several episodes of the network’s highly anticipated drama “Bionic Woman.”
But after all the controversy, is Isaiah worried about public backlash over NBC’s decision?
“In reality, there will be a segment of people who say NBC shouldnt hire you. What do you say to them?” Billy asked him.
“That’s why I joined the military for four years and was prepared to put my life on the line for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That is their right to have their opinion, but I would love to invite them to any debate or any forum to get to know me, to talk to me,” Isaiah concluded.
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