Katherine Heigl Criticizes Remark, Would "Throw Down" For T.R. Knight

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Katherine Heigl, Isaiah Washington
It's the feud that wouldn't die.

Much as we would love to stop writing about this incident, the parties involved (and, to some extent, the mainstream media) make it impossible to ignore.

That's right, as many fans already know, there's trouble brewing among the cast of Grey's Anatomy. Again. And this time, another cast member - Katherine Heigl - is in the fray, albeit voluntarily.

At the Golden Globe Awards Monday, Heigl slammed co-star Isaiah Washington for using a slur regarding fellow cast member T.R. Knight, who he was denying using said slur against in the first place.

At issue was a statement Isaiah Washington made in the Golden Globes press room when he was asked about the alleged on-set incident between himself and Knight last fall, which preceded Knight's public coming out.

"No, I did not call T.R. a faggot," he said, according to Access Hollywood. "Never happened, never happened."

Heigl, who is close friends with T.R. Knight, criticized Washington's statement.

"I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period," she said. "I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it."

Asked if Knight's feelings were hurt by the comment, she said: "I don't see how you could not be under those circumstances."

Heigl, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Grey's Anatomy was named Best TV Drama), added that she didn't know exactly what to make of the comment, but hoped the cast would work through the incident like a family.

"I have no idea what it was, I just find it hurtful... I just feel like this is something that should be very much in house we need to deal with and it's among us, the cast and crew and among Shonda Rhimes (the show's creator) and the producers," she said.

Still, she was adamant that she'd stand up for Knight anytime.

"I don't think [Washington] meant it the way it came off, but T.R. is my best friend. I will throw down for that kid. I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if you hurt his feelings," she said.

For his part, Washington continued to address questions about the alleged on-set incident, later telling Access Hollywood:

"There is no way I could do anything so vile, and so horrible, not only to a castmate, but to a fellow human being. It did not happen. The reports were all wrong... I'm very disappointed that the New York Post actually wrote legitimately about something that was put in a tabloid about some angry person to get some validity to this, and then it just rippled."

He also said that he has completely made up with fellow co-star Patrick Dempsey after a scuffle prompted the alleged remark about Knight.

"I kiss Patrick Dempsey," said Washington. "We sing 'Ebony and Ivory' every day since the so-called incident and it hasn't come up."

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the most ironic thing here to me is that Isaih Washington portrayed a gay character in Spike Lee's "Get On The Bus" ! (male lover included) So it might be fair to say: It takes one to know one.
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like katie said he needs to stop making public comments. just let it die down and people will forget about it. i know i pretty much did until he started it back up again. he really just made it worse for himself. he must be having some awful pangs of guilt to be rehashing it.


I am with you luvthisshow about not caring if they get a long...in a way. I am just so disappointed that IW said it the way he said it and in the wrong place...which it seems has made TR tell Ellen that he did indeed call him a "f". I mean TR and PD had until this point not made the word a big deal...but since IW said it in that way it made it worse again. It makes it really bad that he did indeed say it and then publically denied it.


I love Katherine Heigl she will do anything to make sure a fellow cast mate is not hurt but any wase i dont like Isaiah he has to much of burks attitude when i was watching that my mouth just droped and i look at my mom and said, "Did he really just say that?"


Say Uncle, I agree with your post. I saw the interview, and I looked at the faces of the cast, and I didn't see any shock on their faces. In fact, the only reason anything is being said is because of her comment, and I don't think she knows what she's upset about. This is just getting ridiculous.


omg enough already, i'm sick to death of it -- who really cares anyway?! just do your jobs, we don't care if you get along or not.


She said it because Isaiah decided to grab the mike of Shonda Rhimes during the Golden Globe press conference and tell the assembled press that he did not call TR a f***ot. It was an awful moment and if you watch the clip on the HFPA web site you will see the looks of horror on the cast face. Kudos to Katie for having the guys to say something. She rocks and was just looking out for her friend who was visibly upset. TR spoke about the incident on Ellen today.


This issue being brought up again is just saddening. As far as I'm concerned, the cast has good camaraderie with each and everyone of them, they work harmoniously with each other even after the so-called incident. But why bring it up again? It has been over and done with. Isaiah had so many interviews about this already. So did Patrick and TR. It is just over. Why can't we all just move on and leave this unnecessary luggage behind? About Katherine's comment - I was surprised with that, really. Why say that just now? I mean, she has also been asked about the so-called incident and she said nothing like this before. Whether or not Isaiah said something against TR, let's just leave it between them. They're big guys already, they can fix that between themselves. And they certainly don't need people exaggerating what really happened.


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