Isaiah Washington: The Firing Fallout

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Well-connected TV Guide sleuth Michael Ausiello has gossip from the Grey's Anatomy world concerning fallout from the firing of Isaiah Washington. Below are his responses to two questions on the subject...


Question: What's been the fallout from Isaiah Washington's Grey's Anatomy firing behind the scenes?

Ausiello: Well, the folks over at Grey's Anatomy are apparently pretty steamed about comments Isaiah's rep, Howard Bragman, made Friday â€" specifically the part about how Washington jumped through hoops only to be fired anyway.

"Apparently, Isaiah missed the point that he should have been apologizing and working on his anger issues because it's the right thing to do," a source close to the Grey's Anatomy set remarked.

"It wasn't just supposed to be an empty exercise he went through for the sake of appearances."

Question: Why did ABC wait so long to fire Isaiah Washington?

Ausiello: The alternative would've been to fire him right in the middle of Season 3, and that would've been a disaster both legally and creatively. The easiest thing to do was release him at the end of his contract, and that's what happened. What's not clear is when exactly the decision to axe him was made. Some say it was as far back as February; others insist a final verdict didn't come until last week when it was announced. Only a handful of people know for sure, and, unfortunately, one of them (Shonda Rhimes?) is nicknamed the Information Nazi.

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I love Dr Preston Burke/Isaiah Washington
"he is a great actor"
"he is the greatest and the coolest surgeon in Seatlle Grace Hospital" I love Dr Yang/Sandra Oh
"she is very strong and intelligent character in GA" They(Burke & Yang) made a really sweeeeeeeeet lovers in GA... I had hope to see more of them in GA...please bring him back....


Which 6 movies besides Dead Presidents do you have MJ?


I agree Vicky! I thought my addiction was GA, but it was Burke and Cristina, and now Isaiah Washington. I saw Dead Presidents for the first time on television, and even though Isaiah appeared twice - briefly at the beginning and the end - I went out and brought it ony because of him. I only had one other movie, Hollywood Homocide, which wasn't a good, but Isaiah was in it and his performance was great. I now have about 6 of his movies, and will be buying more, even if he only has one line. When I first started posting, I had always tried to respect the fans of GA and the fan's characters that they admired and not speak negative about them, but the fans of Burke/Burke and Cristina/Isaiah Washington didn't get the same respect. I have a feeling that the tables will turn and they'll try to justify the behavior of one of their favorite actor? on the show.


This Ausieel person (not worth the effort of even spelling his name correctly) is so bias that he shouldn't be making any comments about the situation. We all know how he feels about Isaiah Washington. He makes up so much crap, that you never know what to believe, which I rarely believe anything coming from his mouth, especially when it has to do with Mr. Washington.


There are alot of us who havn't called anyone a name, for that exact reason. We would never have stooped as low as IW and belittled another person, wether we think they can't hear us or not. I hope IW learns form this and I hope he gets a great show or movie or whatever and puts this mess behind him. If he hadn't had to suffer these consiquences he may not have learned anything form this, now he surely will.


honestly i've no idea how you guys can bash isaiah washington with such passion for using the word against tr knight, when you people are here calling everyone names as well. along the same lines of logic, shouldn't you be fired from your job? :)


"my last time talking to you and my last time watching the show, along with the majority" good. majority it's your opinion. I don't think the people with brain will boycott Grey's. Addison wasn't the star. Grey's fans will see this show again.


I see that I'm among some childish people. I'm just voicing my opinion, no biggie. This isn't fun anymore so I'm bowing out. Calliope, I didn't bash Derek. I like Derek. I just don't like him with the perfect 12 yr old. You can get mad at me and tell me to shut up all you want. It's not going to make the girl any less whiney, or the show any less boring now that Addison and especially Burke is gone. The ratings IS going to go down whether you like or not. And don't waste your words telling me off. This is my last comment, my last time talking to you and my last time watching the show, along with the majority. NICE TALKING TO YOU! (smile)


Thanks Sarah!
I agree Kim. IW made many mistakes and now he will pay for them. He isn't a martyr.


IW Sealed the deal when he repeated the word at the Golden Globes! How are you going to appoligize for saying the word and then say you never said it, and then go to foot in my mouth rehab for something you just said you didn't do? If he wouldn't have said it again at the GG I think he still might have his job.


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.