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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I agree Didi. Of course KH is a hypocrite. I'll be so happy when she slips, and she will. I think this is first time I've actually watched a divia being born.


If in fact he was not FIRED and just didnt have his contact renewed, those are two seperate things. If it was the contract thing, there is no way he can sue. What would be sue for? Not picking him back up? Thats TPTB's choice, not his. Thats would be like you sueing a company just because they didnt hire you. As long as it's not for any type of discrimination, (which it isnt) there is nothing he can do except suck it up and take it like a man, not like the big 'ol baby he is being.


I have to say I am not overly shocked IW was let go - the media crucified him from the get go and KH's loose talk certainly did not help the situation. I said it once and will say it again - I am a little suspicious of KH's motives here - I could be wrong but all I see is a young woman with an eye on the main chance - she's an average actor in a town of many average actors a pretty blonde in a town with a gazillion pretty blondes in a hit TV show but not the main star, has been around long enough to understand how the system works and would be insane not to see that GA could be her springborad to stardom if she plays her cards right. KH has been at the center of major media storms for two reasons - first when she publicly jumped on the bandwagon of the IW detractors, second when she tried to get a salary hike from ABC at par with that of the major stars of the show. Now there's nothing wrong with trying to get ahead but it also hints at a steely and calculating person - at odds with the "I'm a simple straight - talking what you see is what you get" persona - that comes across in her interviews. In my opinion TRK could look after himself and did. I have no doubt that EP, SO and co supported TRK throughout this debacle but it really was the sensible thing to do not to publicly take sides - I think it hurt the show. But enough about KH. Back to IW - I feel really sorry for him - it was wrong of him to use that slur about TRK but I sincerely believe he was deeply regrettful - it is especially hurtful whern you look at all the efforts he made to redeem his reputation - despite these he was fired. We live in an unfair world I guess. I have been in a place where I was job hunting for what seemed like years and know the stress and uncertainty of not knowing how bills will be paid so I worry that with a young family to look after he needs to have a good source of income. Now his livelihood and that of his kids is threatened all because he made a mistake - a big one but still something that many go through. I really sympathize with IW. We are all different - some are cool, calm, always rational and controlled (I envy you guys!) while others (myself included!) are a bit too emotional and often get carried away in the heat of the moment. God knows I have said hundreds of stuff I deeply regretted later, felt ashamed of myself and was determined never to lose control of a situation like that again. I am in my 30's now but still struggle with this, one day at a time. Not racial or homophobic slurs but words that are perhaps hurtful and ill advised.
At least I am not in the media spotlight - my mistakes magnified for millions to debate on, judge and condemn. For IW that is exactly what has happened and in his case much is at stake - already good roles for black actors are thin on the ground - what chances will he have now? For what it is worth I truly wish him well. In the increasingly cynical and hypocritical world we live in (where many think one thing but voice another) this man should be given another chance at success - or the last shreds of humanity that still exist will truly be gone.


Preston Burke will be missed on GA. He was a good actor and played that part well.
Someone mentioned on a previous comment yesterday that they heard that Patrick and Ellen may be doing a movie together. Is that true? Has anyone else heard that and if so, where did you hear it? That would be great if they were to do a movie together! Just wondering if it was just a rumor.


Grey's Anatomy has lost yet another fan.


Hey Hafsa I´m fine. I thought you were up for burktina getting hiched. anyway i made a comment a few days ago. i read here on the insider that both Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey want Mer/Der to make it & have a Happy & healthy relatship. So i really hope Shond & Betty listen if not to all Mer/Der fans then Ellen & Patrick.


Hey Debs, how have you been? of cos i will watch season 4, my favorite characters(merder) are still on the show, i am not a huge fan if IW but i still like him and its very sad to see him go.


Hey Hafsa i hope your going to watch season 4´s G.A. even thogh IW is gone, Although if PD wasn+t in it i wouldn´t watch it. He´s the only reason i watch this dalm show. He´s the reason i´m addicted to G.A.


The only reason I watched Grey's was the hot relationship between drs. burke and yang. Goodbye Grey's, you just lost a viewer.


Ellen, you are great!


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.