Grey's Anatomy Wins Top Producers Guild Honor, But Feud Still Lingers

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Grey's Anatomy Wins Top Producers Guild Honor, But Feud Still Lingers
"It's not an easy week to be a producer."

That understatement came on stage from Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, accepting the award for best TV drama at Saturday's Producers Guild of America Awards.

According to USA Today, Rhimes skipped the red carpet and declined to pose with her award in the photo room, and when she was approached at her table for comment on Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington's future, she said only, "I'm just here supporting my fellow producers on the show."

Washington has been under fire for using a homophobic slur to refer to co-star T.R. Knight during an on-set dust-up in October and again after the Golden Globe Awards last week, with some calling for him to be fired. Thursday, he was scolded in a statement from ABC, which said called his actions "unacceptable." He later issued an apology.

Grey Anatomy leading man Patrick Dempsey, who was involved in the October confrontation, presented the TV comedy award to NBC's The Office, but kept a low profile, confining himself to the backstage green room. But Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip's Sarah Paulson had no problem speaking out:

"If someone said that about me and outed me that way, it would be really hard. I appreciate that (Grey's Anatomy co-star) Katherine Heigl stood up for T.R., because it's our job to protect each other."

Other celebs have been chiming in, too: Neil Patrick Harris of CBS' How I Met Your Mother told People: "I was just sort of stunned that anyone would want to rehash any of that again."

Even singer John Mayer, on his blog, says Washington's character should have to come out as gay on Grey's Anatomy: "What better way for an actor to get to the roots of his discrimination than by portraying the very subject of his own ire for the remainder of his contract?"

There were plenty of other hot topics at the Producers Guild event.

Bobby producer Edward Bass voiced support for Lindsay Lohan, who stars in his film and checked herself into rehab last week. "I knew well before that she was thinking about it," Bass said. "I just didn't know how to help. It's problems and torment that make a great actor. In this industry we're looking for tormented people â€" Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Robert Downey Jr. Great actresses live in rehab. It's normal."

Al Gore received the Stanley Kramer Award for An Inconvenient Truth and later was asked about Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for president. He said only: "I wish all the candidates well. It's a long road until the election. I know it will be a very interesting challenge for her, Barack Obama, John Edwards, all the others who are in the race."

Gore's award was presented by Harrison Ford, who came with live-in love Calista Flockhart. Ford said Sean Connery has been offered to reprise his role as Indiana Jones' father in the adventure saga's fourth installment but has not yet accepted.

Salma Hayek, there to present the award to Grey's Anatomy, is a producer on ABC's Ugly Betty and shared some developments. Eva Longoria and Penelope Cruz talked with her at the Golden Globe Awards about guest starring.

"We've got to work it out, but they really want to support the show," said Hayek, who hasn't decided whether she'll uglify her pals.

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


If Isiah Washington goes, I will NEVER watch the show again. That's that. Mel Gibson can continue in Hollywood after making racial slurs that were outrageous. Give Isiah a break. Have mercy!


I do not watch this show. I am not a fan of Mr. Washington but I am upset at how this has been blown out of proportion. People make mistakes. We've all said and done stupid things that we wish we could take back. Isaiah apologized but that's not enough for the gay community. They want to literally make him get on his knees, as if to say, "suck on this Isaiah" to punish him for saying something that they don't agree with. The gay community is notorious for trying to prohibit Freedom of Speech, which is in the Bill of Rights. Anytime someone doesn't agree with them, they want to call the person or organization "intolerant, " "bigoted" and "homophobic." Get over it please. The majority of Americans do not care who's gay and who isn't. But gays are the most intolerant, heterophobic and bigoted people. Theytry to silence anyone who doesn't agree with them or their agenda. Why isn't GLAAD ostracizing Rosie O'Donnell for making fun of Chinese people on NATIONAL TELEVISION? Rosie apologized and wasn't forced to seek "therapy." Mr. Washington apologized and this should be over and done with but instead, TR Knight is milking this for everything that it's worth. No one cares that he's gay but he shouldn't expect a medal or standing ovation because he is. His sexual preference should be a non-issue. The American public is getting sick of having our constitutional rights taken away from us. This will backfire on GLAAD if they are not careful.


There have also been actors and actresses who know Isaiah personally who have spoken out in his defense saying that he is a wonderful person and a talented actor. It seems to be a misunderstanding between Isaiah and TR. It is too bad that TR didn't go immediately to Isaiah to resolve what happened rather than chosing to out himself to the Hollywood press. No one forced him to do that. All of this should have remained in house. It is not fair to the fans of the show that we are feeling compelled to take sides in this. Neither man acted in the best interest of the show or the fans. Isaiah was thoughtless and TR was self serving. The press fell on this like rabid dogs on a steak bone and were not willing to let it go. It was not Isaiah who wanted to rehash all of this Neil Patrick Harris (isn't he the friend that TR was photographed with the day after coming out?). It was Ted from Eonline that wanted it rehashed. Isaiah used poor judgment in responding. No one should be fired for verbally defending themselves from the smear tactics of disreputable reporters.


So many wonerful things going on with the show and yet people make them seem so unimportant because one man's poor judgement.


unfortunately tRU2LIght, you are correct about Isaiah Washington having the right to his own feelings and opinions. However, the words that he used in reference to T.R. are irresponsible, intolerant, and rude. Even if he does disagree with the lifestyle that T.R. lives. He can't use that kind of word. Can you imagine if the roles had been reversed, and someone had referred to Isaiah Washington as a n***er. You might argue that it's different, but really it isn't. Both words are derrogatory terms for people. Isaiah not only offended T.R. but he also offended a great many people in this nation. Not only did Isaiah say it once, he then denied saying it to T.R. then apologized for saying it in the first place. His actions showed that he is a pompous, second class citizen. You don't have to agree with the way people live their life, but they have a right to be able to live their lives in relative piece. This has all been a completely unnecessary, and embarassing event for a show that prides itself on it's diversity.


To bad everyone in America hates the truth. These people act together. Key word act. They don't have to like each other. If T.R. was so upset about being called a faggot, then maybe he should stop being one. I'm not saying what took place at the Golden Globes was at the right place or time. But Isiah Washington has the right to his feelings. It caused no physical harm, and in my opinion brought more attention to a show that has a considerable amount already. Going on a certain someones television show to cry about being called a faggot is pretty pathetic. Thats like going to a beauty pageant and becoming upset because someone told you that you are pretty.


How sad that this awfull mess is overshadowing the accomplishments of such a great show:( I will be glad when something is decided either way and we can all get passed it. If I was I.W. I would be very worried right about now.


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.