Isaiah Washington won’t be back next season on Grey’s Anatomy, according to TV Guide.
Washington was involved in a behind-the-scenes squabble with Patrick Dempsey and apparently called cast mate T.R. Knight a “faggot” earlier this year. Then, at a press conference with the cast at the Golden Globes, Washington denied that he used the F word as a gay slur toward Knight. Washington then quickly went to “rehab” to work on his issues.
I’m always sad when an original cast member leaves a show that clicks so well. Sometimes, it can change the entire dynamic.
Certainly, ABC has the right to fire/hire whomever they choose, especially if the actor is not representing the image they want. Don Imus learned that lesson first, when he was recently fired from CBS for an on-air racial slur.
I’m sure "George O’Malley" won’t.