Isaiah Washington: Life is Good On Set

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Isaiah Washington: A Better Man For It
Isaiah Washington says his on-set dust-up with co-star Patrick Dempsey last month was blown out of proportion and that everyone on the show is having "a great time."

At the opening night party for the Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture exhibit at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, Washington was asked by People about the on-set argument and if things were all good on the Grey's Anatomy set these days.

"Everything was good on the set four weeks ago," he said.

He joked that he's bought stock in a tabloid-magazine company because they "make so much money off of us." The media coverage "was disappointing," he said, "but now I'm a shareholder. I'm a businessman."

Washington and Dempsey discussed the fracas (for which Washington later issued an apology in a statement) on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a special segment that aired Friday.

"I lost my cool, but it wasn't coming out of a place of animus for Patrick or (costar) T.R. Knight or anyone. It was coming out of a place of trying to stay focused about the work," Washington told Winfrey, who visited the Grey's set for the interviews. "I've been working with these beautiful men for three years now, and we had an argument as brothers. It came about at a time and a place that was overwhelming for both of us."

Washington clarified: "What it was not, was a brawl."

Patrick Dempsey says the ensemble is stronger after the incident.

"I think what happens is we needed to just be open and be able to communicate and not let things build up. I think we've come to that point where it's much freer to communicate with each other, and we're more relaxed because of it. I think the whole company's tighter," Dempsey said.

At the MOCA event, Washington added that working with Shonda Rhimes on Grey's Anatomy is the "opportunity of a lifetime." He added that he can't wait to see the Thanksgiving episode.

"Cristina and Burke have their opportunity to kind of get sweaty," he said. "It was a lot of fun."

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I need to get me the same publicist's IW and the Grey's cast use to come up with all these clever, funny and disarming comments..I'd be far more popular at work thats for sure.
IW 's wife is so pretty.


Happy Thanksgiving Burke Backer & Purplemerder...your plans sound nice, hope you have a great day, see you tomorrow night!


hey burke backer, I read that article the other day it was a great article. i found it cool about the burke and mcdreamy stuff too.
I got the name because purple is my favorite color (which it obvious to all those around be because everything i have is purple.....i am purple and i love merder. i figured that there might me another merder out there when i signed up for this website. hey you wrote purple murder in your last it is merder...I know it was just a typo...anyway guess we will talk again after the big show tomorrow....... I will keep my fingers crossed for you and all the burktina fans.


LOL Do you know something funny. I am so dense. I never got the merder in your name before you just ended the last post with merder. I was wondering what purple murder was all about. Pretty funny. I just read the article in Oprah's magazine where she interviews Shonda Rhimes. It's a pretty good interview. Here is the part I like the best. Shonda: "Isaiah Washington learns all his surgeries before he performs them on TV. Scarily enough I think if he stopped at an accident on the street, he'd know exactly what to do. He has pulled shifts at hospitals where he follows the surgeons around for 48 hours." It sounds a little bit like the tremendous drive to be successful that we see in Preston Burke isn't too far from the real guy who plays him. I thought that was pretty neat. This is what she says about your McDreamy. Shonda: "When we were shooting the pilot, Patrick was seriously the most adorable man we'd ever seen on camera. We'd watch the monitor and think, look at his dreamy eyes! So we started calling him Patrick McDreamy, and it stuck." Isn't that cool? Both of these quotes are from page 323 of the December issue of O the Oprah Magazine. Well, I'm sorry your family will be away tomorrow, but I'll bet the needy people at your church will be very thankful for you. Can't wait for tomorrow night and am dreading it all at the same time.


Hi Burke Backer - Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too. I am sad that this year I had to have it early. We ate on Saturday because my family that lives here in town had to go out of town. So I am going to serve Thanksgiving to the needy at my church. I can't wait until tomorrow night. Hope your pies turn out amazing and hope you have a great time with will have to tell them if they are still there that they have to be silent from 8 to 9:10...only speak on commercials..
you have missed out if you haven't watched Bones this season. They added a new character the guy that was the boss of the musem is not on anymore and they have this actress on there Tamara Taylor is her real name...can't remeber what she has played in...anyway her and Booth used to me involved so it is really interesting between bones and booth and his old love interest who now is bones' and last episode bones and one of her squids (that is what booth calls them) are buried was intense...well there is an article in the tv guide, the one with Isaiah Washington, so you can see who that actress in. anyway have a good day tomorrow.
I am rooting for burke and christina.....and maybe we can see a little snuggling between merder.


Hi perplemurder, yes I used to watch Bones either right before or right after House. I liked the interaction between the two lead characters in that show, too. I haven't seen it yet this season. I think it's on at a timie or on a night that I am just not free. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. I am going to be having my family over and am baking pies tonight, stuffing turkey in the morning. It is usually one of my favorite days. Tomorrow I'm going to be on pins and needles waiting for Greys. It comes on at 8:00 here. Hopefully everyone will be gone by then. If not they will just have to watch with me.


The one with the article has the actors from bones on the cover. It should be out this weekend or Monday at the latest. Bones is a good show too. have you watched it Burker Backer? Don't know if you like that kind of show...but it is good. Happy thanksgiving. 29 more hours.........till show time.


The one in my store still had Kate Walsh and Eric Dane on the cover. I'll be looking for it over the weekend though.


Burke Baker not sure if it will be out yet. It is for next week so it might not be out until Sunday.


Thanks for the information, Purplemerder. I have to grocery shop for Thanksgiving tomorrow night and will try to find it. Greysanatomyinsider does a great job of keeping us up to date on everything written, don't they? I really appreciate it. It's nice sometimes though to have the hard copy. I love anything with Isaiah in it or on it as long as they aren't bashing him.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.