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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@ horneyelevatorsinSGH I totally agree with you! She is one of the best actresses on there..i do admit..she can get carried away with her interviews..and she does need to stay out of this little thing between IW and TRK..but saying she is a hypocrite and an "average" actress is too far..we all know she's an FANTASTIC actress..and she can be "blunt" at times..but not a total hypocrite.. i mean i don't like Ellen Pompeo..but i don't go around saying hate things about her..seriously


hey Lee_Is_Jaded you are so right Merder's chemistry is electrifying, i just hope Shonda will repair the damage she has done


Personally, I think MerDer have more chemistry.


At list one coworker knows how to handle an interview. Bravo Ellen, now KH if u could just get a sensible lawyer that will advice you to shut the heck up or learn from ur collegues then everyone will be happy.


I respect Burketina fans but they weren't meant to be.
Burke and Addison are perfect together. I hate both (mostly Addison)


Well. I agree with a lot of you. Preston Burke was really good to have on the show. And IW did a great job, in particular, in season 2. I'm living in Europe at the moment, and right now they've got a lot going on with football (socker) players, who can't behave them self, when playing. As well as the people watching the match.. It's crazy that people can't tread eachother nicely - no matter if they're actors or football players. I agree that IW had to go, because of his comments. You have a certain responsibility when you're in a show like G.A - but what I really don't get is why IW would use that word. He, of all on the set, must have felt racism in some point of his life..So!? I think that Shonda fired him at this point, because she had a storyline which needed him. So he couldn't have left earlier. Oh, and you're right. KH should watch her mouth. One day she' s going to make a mistake, and I'm guessing she wouldn't like the entire cast to talk badly about her in the press. Well, okay. Just what I've been thinking..


ok so about KH...watch the episode 17 seconds, deterioation fight or flight repsonse and losing my religion...then tell me shes an "average actress" plus go see knocked up and tell me what you think of her then. shes much more valuable than IW so shut the eff up ..didi..about saying shes average.


What a diappointment! Burktina had such a good
chemistry between them n it was the reason I was hooked on GA. I think Shonda n ABC played it really dirty with IW to give him hope n make him do all the things he might not have wanted to do. And KH must be so happy now that she got the publicity she so craved for n got rid of IW too. Now
she and TRK can have a party together. At least from now on, I won't have to waste my time in front of TV every Thursday nite trying to catch
Burktina story.


Thought I might add something, here....
Wouldn't it be funny if Isaiah went over to Private Practice and hooked up with Addison? lol


Here's my opinion:
If T.R. called Isaiah the "N" word, he'd probably be fired within 2 seconds. And, for what I'm guessing, it's because Shonda is the same race as Isaiah. Now, this would be what I'd call "favoritism."
So, all in all, I think it's only right that Isaiah does get fired. He's too cocky. It's not right.


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.