Did Isaiah Washington Save His Job?

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Katherine and T.R.
Could the Grey skies be clearing in Hollywood? Sources say it looks as if they may be.

It was a close call, but Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times, citing an inside source on the Grey's Anatomy production staff, reports that Isaiah Washington may have just barely saved himself from being fired over using a gay slur in reference to co-star T.R. Knight.

Since the incident, the embattled Grey's Anatomy star has ended his relationship with his longtime publicist, issued an apology, met with several leaders of the gay community and has hired a pair of damage control specialists, Allen Mayer and Kelly Mullens. Those consultants previously have helped Chicago's R. Kelly, Tommy Lee and Paula Poundstone when they faced serious image problems.

Even so, Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh told Extra at the Sundance Film Festival that the cast is still shaken by the incident.

"I really feel sad... I'm just saying my prayers... I don't know what is going to happen, I just trust that our show will deal with it in the way that they see fit," she said.

Then her co-star, Katherine Heigl (shown above, with Knight) chimed in.

"It's tense ... but I think it'll work out and I'm hopeful that it's handled properly," she said.

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


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.