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Should Isaiah Washington Be Fired?

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Should Isaiah Washington Be Fired?Should Isaiah Washington be fired from Grey's Anatomy for the gay slur he made in reference to T.R. Knight last fall?

The remark - which has come back to dominate entertainment news again after Washington's denial of the incident at Monday's Golden Globe Awards and T.R. Knight confirming to Ellen DeGeneres today that it did occur - is fueling intense debate among Grey's Anatomy fans and various organizations.

Some think that the issue has been dead for some time and should just be dropped, while others believe Washington should be let go. Count Michael Ausiello - the TV Guide sleuth who can always be counted on to find the latest dirt and tell you how he feels about it - among the latter.

Here's what he says on his blog, the Ausiello Report, responding to a reader inquiry as to whether he witnessed the Golden Globe implosion:

"I certainly was there, and I have the internal scars to prove it. It was by far the ugliest, most uncomfortable press-room moment I have ever experienced. And judging by the shell-shocked faces on the cast â€" particularly T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey, who have been class acts throughout this entire ordeal â€" it was a new low for them, too.

What's ironic about the whole thing is that in Washington's attempt to clear his name, he came off as an out-of-control homophobe who throws the f-word around like it's candy. He's also playing fast and loose with the truth. Did he call T.R. a fa***t to his face? No. Did he refer to him as one behind his back? Yes. T.R. says so himself on today's Ellen DeGeneres Show.

His continued employment on a show that wears its diversity as a badge of honor is the height of hypocrisy. If ABC wants to be remotely true to the principles Shonda Rhimes so eloquently espouses through the show, it has to do the right thing and fire Washington. Anything else at this point is simply unacceptable."

That's just the opinion of one TV critic. But the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is also demanding an apology.

The group's president, Neil Giuliano, said that the remark "does more than create a hostile environment for his castmates and the crew of Grey's Anatomy... It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way."

GLAAD has contacted Washington in hopes of setting up a meeting with the actor to raise public awareness about the destructive impact of comments such as this. No word yet on whether he or anyone associated with Grey's Anatomy have been reached or accepted the offer.

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

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Whatever happened to the stoic American? Why is it necessary to react at mere words as if they somehow can cause mortal wounds? Sadly, the resilient cowboy is dead and to the whole world we look like a bunch of whining wimps. http://intimationsofubiquity.b...

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Fire him? Because of what? Yeah o.k. so, he said something really stupid.....,what's new? Everybody has said things that's later regretted.We've perhaps been able to salvage the situation/relationship,perhaps not.But,most of us have never had the media blow the issue up and force it down our throats.
I'm starting to think the cast of GA have serious problems,because it just seems like they're out to make sure IW gets kicked off.They've formed a clique,a herd of mindless beasts who'll trample anything or anyone who is not of the "accepted" standard.
The one thing I can say about IW is that he lets his mouth run ahead of him. Does that then make him evil or just thoughtless? T.R and K.H have also acted out negatively. One by being so malicious in a sickeningly spineless way and the other by being an overbearing interfering busybody.
That's the problem with trying to expose people to ridicule,pointing at them,accusing them,stripping them.The truth is you're right on the public stage with them and everyone can see you for what you really are.And let me tell,the sight ain't pretty!
This whole incident is just a FARCE! This is something that should have been handled in-house.
GA is not just as enjoyable or watchable as before.
You know these actors all have great smiles,great hair,bright eyes,the right clothes and all,but right now, they can't be more unattractive.

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Washington is a bigot, it's as simple as that. When you make bigotted slur once, you can apologize and move on. When you do it twice, you should be FIRED, just like anyone would be fired in ANY workplace. He should be fired, pure and simple.

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YES, he should be fired. Put it this way: If a white person used the "N" word and then later in a press conference said that he didn't use the "N" word, but used it YET AGAIN, then he would be fired and DESERVEDLY SO. Washington should be canned immediately and he should be ashamed for repeating the transgressions of the past. FIRE THE BIGOT!

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YES he should be fired! Can't believe they haven't fired him yet!! Hurtful offensive and narrow minded comments like this about any other lifestyle/religion/race would NOT have been tolerated like this and Mr. Washington would have been collecting unemployment days ago!! Him apologizing doesn't mean a thing anymore AFTER he lied about saying what he did!! It only means that on top of being a complete narrow minded jerk, he's also extremely selfish! Denying what he said the first time was just to safe his ass, once he found out that that didn't help and only backfired, since 'firing rumors' appeared, then all of a sudden he decides to appologize and seek counseling...... do whatever the hell you want Mr. Washington, hopefully real soon you'll have plenty off EXTRA time to "search within your soul"! Seriously, who could ever look at him on that show without wanting to throw up and how could they ever do that to T. R., having to work with someone who has no respect for you or concideration for your feelings!! FIRE the jerk asap!!

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NO, HE SHOULD NOT BE FIRED. I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE DID WAS TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNCESSARY BUT WE ARE HUMAN- AND NO HUMAN IS PERFECT!! SECOND, THE SHOW WILL NOT BE SAME PERIOD. I HATE WHEN SHOW REPLACE PEOPLE- LIKE FRESH PRINCE WITH THE MOM OR FAMILY MATTERS WENT FROM THREE KIDS TO TWO KIDS. I HOPE GA ENDS LIKE THE COSBEY SHOW- ALL GREAT SEASONS WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS!! AND THIRD- I DONT UNDERSTAND WHEN SOMEONE GETS CALLED OUT ON BEING GAY ITS SUCH A BIG DEAL. AS A KID, YOU FACE BEING CALLED SKINNY, FAT, UGLY, AND SO MANY OTHER NAMES. TEASING AND NAME CALLING IS LIFE. GET OVER IT- WHEN I WAS TEASED IN SCHOOL MY FELLOW CLASSMATE DIDNT KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL!!

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It is interesting that people accuse Isaiah of being a hatemonger by being hatemongers themselves. According to people who know Isaiah he is a wonderful person, a good friend, a father who loves and spends time with his two little boys and baby girl, a good husband, and a talented actor. Even his co-workers have talked about how they all get along for the most part in spite of the amount of time they spend together and their arduous work schedule. Isaiah did not do anything to hurt TR. He didn't say he didn't like him or didn't respect him, or even that he had a problem with him being gay. There was nothing hateful in the remark. He used a poor choice of words in the heat of an argument with someone else. I agree with Shay that without knowing the context and the intent of the word, it is impossible to pass judgment on the actor. If abc were to fire Isaiah for poor judgment they would have to fire TR and Katie Heigl as well. It was poor judgment to chose that moment to announce you're gay to the press and to go on Ellen to discuss it. It was poor judgment of Katherine to take sides publically. Do what you want behind the scenes, but don't insult one of your coworkers on national television adding fuel to the fire. Bad judgment all around for something that should have been handled in house and never leaked to the press to begin with. Was it TR who told? I wonder why? Has anyone asked him to resolve his issues with being gay? Because if this one word holds such importance to you that you have to cause this entire media circus, you clearly have problems with self acceptance. That's what I love about Rupert Everette's statement. He said call me gay, call me a queer, call me a faggot. I don't care. I would rather know where you stand. He is a gay man comfortable with his lifestyle and making no apologies for who he is. Good for him.

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As someone who is a same sex relationship, I think that everyone should just get over it. It wouldn't have even been an issue if it weren't someone famous. If he'd been called that on the streets, he wouldn't have been on tv talking about it. I think it takes away from TR's character as well to go on television with the issue. Be a man, gay or not, and handle that with Washington. When you work with people so closely on a consistent basis, they become like family. I don't know about anyone else, but if I had issues with someone in my family, I wouldn't need the support of the media, Ellen, or any gay rights organizations to stand up for myself and address the issue. I find it ironic that no one is telling is in what context the word was used. Was it used as a synonym for gay, or was it used to show a general dislike or even to kind of tease him? We don't know, because all Knight said was that he was referred to as the f word. That's all I've heard anyways from the media is that it was used to refer to Knight. Sadly, if he weren't gay, none of us would be reading this. That's why it's so important to figure out how the word was used. Not that it's right in either situation, but we all know the truth of the matter is that it's an issue because Knight is gay. Get over it!

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This guy is nothing but trouble, he had picked up a fight with another cast member and now this. He is subliminally propogating a missleding and false beleive that african americans are difficult to work with. This is not definatly not going to help with the lack of african american in sitcomes. He should be replaced by another african american.

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Mr. Washington should be FIRED. As a Black Actor on the #1 T.V. show in America, his behavior/denial/lame attempt at comic relief during the After-Award Presentation at the Globes, He should know better! If a white or latino or asian actor acted out and used the "N" word in a similar situation, there would be HELL to PAY - - ABC...DO the right thing and set and example...Excersize the "NO Discrimination policy that stands at Disney.

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