Report: Isaiah Washington in Therapy

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Isaiah Washington, who has said he needs help to resolve issues "within my own soul" following his anti-gay remarks, is seeking counseling, he said in a statement to People Wednesday:

Isaiah Washington in Therapy
"With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally."

The actor remains at the center of a firestorm of controversy after using a gay slur to refer to his costar T.R. Knight, who is gay.

Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, replied with her own statement Wednesday - and by reading between the lines, it appears she is either not ready to decide, or unable to predict what ABC executives will do regarding Washington's future with the show.

"We applaud and encourage [Isaiah Washington's] realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues," she said. "All parties are seeking to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing."

Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke on the hit ABC show, first used the slur during an on-set argument in October, then repeated the word at the Golden Globe Awards last week, while denying he used itthe first time.

Knight has said that the incident in October prompted him to come out of the closet. Washington apologized last week and promised he would seek help.

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Isaiah is OK. TR needs to develop a thicker skin. Sticks and stones, you know. This is much ado about nothing. Frankly, if I hear one more word about it, GA is off my channel line up. And you can thank your overly PC'd cast for that.


This is OFF TOPIC, but didn't see anything about this here, didn't know where to post. Celebrity Baby Blog is reporting that Jillian Dempsey was in labor earlier today (time not given) and that she and Patrick are expecting their twin sons 'within 18-24 hours'. Patrick may already be a father for the second time by now. I don't have the link for Celebrity Baby Blog, so please Google it if you want to read the post for yourself.


does no one else work? how many times have we all gotten upset with a co-worker and say things we didnt mean,he without sin cast the first stone!,do you think your boss should fire you or send you for counseling? if that was the case the whole country would be on unemployment.get over it!,look at him for his work .Everybody gets so bent out of shape over what one says when they need to start looking at theirselves,because no one is better then the other.


The ratings will dictate whether IW is going to remain on the show...


He shouldn't have done that, but he did. He's hateful for that.
But he is a great actor. It would be sad watching him "die" or "get another job" to leave the show.
He is chauvinist but seriously, people need to get over it.
He spoke it out, but "non-famous" people do it everyday!
If i were Rhimes, I wouldn't know what to do.


i just couldnt agree with you more..
Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington are great actors..they have great chemistry on set...
they bring such a dynamic spirit to the show... can you imagine how BORING grey's anatomy would be without Burke and Cristina? I only watch it becasue of Burke and Cristina..


I agree fran, she wasn't laughing. She was just happy and giddy from the win, and when IW made the statement she didn't see it has an attack on TR, just IW defending himself from the press. Those who dislike Isaiah saw it differently. But I'm through with it, I just wish IW well, so we can continue to enjoy him and Sandra on the show.


Isaiah take care and heal. Your fans will always be here for you.


Every night when I get home from work I dread going on line, afraid that I am going to read that ABC has succumbed to pressure from a rabid public who are out to crucify this man. To me that would be the worst possible thing that they can do, because it would be like trying him by public opinon rather than by the facts of the situation which only they truly know. Losing Burke would ruin the show for me and many others. Isaiah is going to great lengths to show that he is sincerely sorry for offending anyone. Still you read posts that he is only doing it for this reason or that reason. I still believe it was unintentional. I still maintain that TR made the situation far more serious than it needed to be by going to the press. But I am so grateful that as of this moment we still have a Preston Burke who is in love with Cristina Yang to watch on Thursday night. So I'll read the unkind posts and the vicious attacks on him and continue to love the character and respect and like the man, more so than ever because he is showing all of us how important this is to him. I will continue to support him and hope that the sanctimonious people calling for his head turn their hatefulness onto someone else more worthy in the near future.


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.