Ellen Pompeo Reacts to Isaiah Washington News

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Though Ellen Pompeo was on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show on Friday to discuss her charity work, there was no escaping talk of her Isaiah Washington's shocking dismissal from Grey's Anatomy.

Pompeo also touched on Katherine Heigl's summer movie success and Grey's storylines for next year, but the good stuff came when Seacrest asked her about Washington and T.R. Knight's fates. Here are those highlights:

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On Isaiah Washington's departure:
"I got a call late last night from my lawyer...and I woke up this morning and saw it...that's really all I know. I really can't comment on my reaction."

On whether she knew anything in advance:
"No. They're very secretive about things, for obvious reasons. I guess actors have big mouths. So I didn't really know what would happen, if anything. It's not really my business...You just have to roll with the punches."

On word that T.R. Knight has signed a contract to return:

"I certainly hope so. It's such an ensemble. The show works, I think, because all of us have such great chemistry together."

Well, except the cast and Washington, of course. Fans of the show are already in heated discussions about the decision on our message board.

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How come IW gets all the flak but there was never any contol on what TRH said like going public and making it into a huge blow up issue of gay rights. Seriously, I think it was just as much KH yapping off that really hurt the show. It is not just about Dr Burke but how do they screw over a fellow actor so mercilessly and get on happily with their lives and sleep at night ? Washington is a family man with 3 kids, is he being punished for being 'normal'. ABC really needs better code of ethics than abort a talented actor's career as well as his damage his reputation and career. Many celebrities have erreid a lot worse haven't they and still never been fired...............or is it that they were never non-whites that might be at play. Be careful IW coz they don't forgive mistakes made by nonwhites Shame on TRH, KH and ABC for ruining IW's career.


I love Dr Preston Burke... He'll be missed...


Thaks for that. If you remember in season 1 it was said that Burke was the senior attending.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance Debs, that was really nice of ur bro. And i have to say WOW! you really are in love with Mcdreamy i hope he doesnt disappoint us. As for the Chief Attending job, i am not sure if there is any thing like the chief of attending. However if there is then yes i think it would'nt take too much of his time. We will just have to wait and see, it seems with those SUPER FREAKING CLIFF HANGERS Shonda has suprises in store for everyone already,i hope its something good though, so talk to you soon! REGARDS!


yaeh i feel bad for the burktina fans too. What did you think of my idea of Derek getting the chief attendings job. As I said before i think he´d be really good at it & it wouldn´t take up too much of his time so Meredith wouldn´t feel neglected. It was my birthday last week & my brother bought me can´t buy me love on dvd. I must say Patrick was a geek in the 80´s but dalm he was a SERIOUSLY HOT geek.


Hey Debs how have you been? of cos i have read your comment Debs i always do, you and i among others are one of the merder die hard fans, we dont give up easily but we still whine LOL!!! i hope they will be ok, i also feel really bad for those fans that invested on BUKTINA.


By the Hafsa did you read my last comment in the articl above this one.


Hafsa seriiouly well said.


I personally think that season 4 will be really good simply because; Shonda and her team are obviously not stupid, they have already seen, heard and read some if not all the public and fans reactions. I am guessing they have also come to realize what has gone wrong so far with their once upon a time classic writing. Therefore, something tells me they are definately not just going to sit there and do nothing especially when so many fans are threathing to stop watching while some have already lost interest. As for Burke character, yes GA is not going to be the same without him, however, people will get used to it. Just two things though, if by any chance Shonda let something happens btw der and lexie, many fans me included will be very very upset and secondly, STOP THE GIZZIE storyline, it just doenst seem right.


Dark & twisty Lee. LMAO! what a great idea! I agree with all of you who said its not a good idea for the actors of the show to publicly take side. and i love KH shes a great actress and she adds something to the show, but she needs to get a grip on the phrase theres a time and a place for everything. and her comments shouldnt have been made publicly. and no i dont think its okay to say things about peoples sexual preferences or race, gender, size etc... but ya know, so what? it dosent change I.W.'s acting abilites. and im sure hes had negative things said to him before. the "N" word maybe? slurs are as common as the word hello these days. it happens whatever. grow up and get over it. I.W. is awesome. he will be missed by a lot of greys fans im sure. and i think ABC is screwin him over big time.


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.