Justin Chambers: Cast Working Things Out

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Justin Chambers, who plays Dr. Alex Karev on Grey's Anatomy, said that the players in the show's off-screen controversy are continuing to work out their problems â€" and that it's a shame the spat has distracted from the program's impressive accomplishments.

Justin Chambers: Cast Working Things Out
Asked by Barbara Walters on The View how things were going over at the ABC show since the storm over Isaiah Washington's gay slur erupted, Chambers replied that while the circumstances aren't ideal, the parties are trying to resolve it.

"That's the question right now. It's an unfortunate situation. They're trying to work it out," he said.

Chambers, 36, said the dark cloud that's been hanging over Grey's Anatomy since the Golden Globe Awards is unfortunate, considering the creative accolades it's earned.

"We won the Golden Globe, and it's kind of overshadowed that fact - and the fact that it's such a large cast, that we work a lot of hours and we get along really well," he said.

Kate Walsh, who also stars on Grey's Anatomy, tells Extra she is hopeful the show's cast and crew can eventually get past the situation.

"I feel really sad...I'm just saying my prayers," she said at the Sundance Film Festival. "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."

The off-screen saga began in October, when costars Washington and Patrick Dempsey got into a fight on the set, and Washington allegedly used a gay slur to refer to another co-star, T.R. Knight. Washington then fanned the flames at the Golden Globes by repeating the word (while denying he said the word), although he eventually apologized.

On a lighter note, Chambers, who has five children with his wife, Keisha - including twins Maya and Kaila (born in 1999), told The View's co-hosts that he'd given some advice to Patrick Dempsey, whose wife, Jillian, is expecting twin sons this winter. His words of wisdom?

"Strap yourself in, and get ready."

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.