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 hope IW sued the hell out of ABC. They played around with him and his fans. I'm mad as hell and wish nothing but the worst for ABC. At least I won't have to rush home anymore on Thurs., and won't be watching anything that has to do with ABC, Shonda Rhimes, that fake KH and that little boy TR.


I didn't know where to put this, but I think it deserves its own post. http://www.cinemablend.com/tel... It is a very good article basically telling ABC how all of us feel about the downhill path that Season 3 went on. As they say, if you want to put your comments through to Shonda & the other writers, go to www.greyswriters.com and make a comment. They do read them all. I found the amazing writers of this letter
http://forums.go.com/abc/prime... It has been forwarded to ABC, Touchstone, many websites, and all major entertainment shows.


That is one of the reasons why i love ellen pompeo, i am really happy with the way she handled the interview. Will be sad to see IW go however there is a saying that goes..." every disappointment is a blessing" so maybe this will be a blessing for both parties(IW and the show, atleast i hope so). I will also like to believe Shonda and Co didnt want to let go of IW but have no other choice i suppose.


The show is not going to be the same without Burke. IW had a great role in the show with Cristina & now that he is gone it just won't be as good as it used to be. I think I'm going to have to say goodbye to Grey's... : [


I'm disappointed in the producers of the show. I was a Grey's fan, but I suppose along w/IW, I'll also depart. I cannot stand behind a show, that tried to muzzle their actors and make them into puppets as was done w/IW. I know that everyone has an opinion and myself I'm a fan of knowing what ones opinion is. I just so happen to agree w/IW opinion and don't mind saying so.


haha seriously katherine hiegl can really get carried away with her comments
as for washington i feel sorry for him, that it had to be carried on for this long and for him to put in the effort only to be fired in the end. i think that abc and shonda could have handled this much better.


At least there are a few cast members who know how to handle an interview.


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