Isaiah Washington (pictured) may have committed career suicide when he allegedly called Grey’s Anatomy costar T.R. Knight the inexcusable f-word that rhymes with maggot on the set in October. And yet, despite an initial outrage, the bad press surrounding Washington had seemed to die down in the past few months. So his real suicide attempt came during the cast’s group interview at Monday night’s Golden Globes, when Washington interrupted Shonda Rhimes to lean in and crassly proclaim, “No, I did not call T.R. a f—–.” Um, you actually just did. Again. Into a microphone. At a press conference. D’oh!
At this point, it’s Washington’s move. Knight appeared on Ellen yesterday to confirm that Washington did use the slur, Katherine Heigl spoke out against him in her own interview, and GLAAD condemned him, then requested he meet with them so he can be “part of the solution” to anti-gay discrimination. I personally can’t see that happening, as Washington continues to deny he did anything wrong. But what should he do, at this point, besides apologize? (We’re waiting, dude. Still waiting.) Should his cast vote him off the show? If they did, could he even get another job? And would you have a problem watching him on TV?
UPDATE: ABC has issued a vaguely worded statement on the matter. What do you suppose this means?
UPDATE 2: Washington has issued a detailed apology, acknowledging that that gesture probably won’t be enough to resolve this issue.
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