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.


IW has a great sense of humor!


hey burke backer...i don't know if you get tv tguide, but i just got the one for next week...there is an article about isaiah washington visiting Sierra lenone. I emailed steve about it so maybe they will post it on this site.


I agree, there has been too many thing unsaid, and that's the main reason why this has escalated. Burke and Cristina's relationship has definitely grown, but they still have work to do as far as communicating their feels, in words that is. I've seen the steamy love scene, and it is steamy! They definitely don't have a problem there.


Of course I cannot miss an opportunity to respond to a post about Isaiah Washington. Don't you just wish people would stop asking about his and focus more on his acting and his character on GA? Thanks for another great picture and also for some good news about Cristina and Burke getting sweaty. I think we saw the sweaty part on the promo, but it was fun to watch as much as it was disturbing. I really do think it is a nightmare that she is having, but the other sneak preview on YouTube that shows them arguing looks like real time. It makes me sad because he really wounds her with his words, but at the same time I think he needed to say the things he says and he needs to take charge of his life again. You can tell in his eyes that he feels bad about hurting her. I think the upcoming weeks will be about their mending their relationship and becoming stronger because of all of this. I am hopeful.


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.