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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...

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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 agree with Calliope.
vicky you should respect the passion of the fans. I dislike Addison too but I not bashing her. If you hate MerDer, you talk about the others. They are the main couple of GA, Meredith is the star of this show and Derek is her soulmate.
Addison isn't a great woman. Meredith is better than her. Cristina, Izzie, Bailey, all GA women are better than Addison. IMO

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"She's sexy and mature with alot more class. Not once have I heard her whine about anything. " Adultery, lies and abortion. Addison is mature... Meredith is much better than her.

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Shut up vicky! Derek was a moron with Addison.
Finally that stupid woman leaves. You saw another show. And then you bashing Patrick and Patrick is Derek in GA. I hate Addison and Burke but I not bashing them, like you bashing the lead couple of GA. Respect the fans! MORON! You are free to see another show.

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Yes, I understand the feelings of those saddened when the posts become a contest of who can out "bitch" the other. It loses the sizzle and spark of a fiery, exciting exchange of verbal thrusts and maneuvers, an elegant sword play, when the debate regresses into the sound and fury of two neighbors hurling epithets at each other.

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I don't disrespect Derek and Meredith fans. I just don't give them any thought. No more thought than I give to Derek and Meredith. They're not interesting enough. Now, I like DEREK, but not with Meredith. I like Derek with Addison. She's sexy and mature with alot more class. Not once have I heard her whine about anything. That once, in Joe's Bar, but she was drunk. And who could blame her. Her Handsome husband chose a pathetic, whiney, dark and twisted needy little girl over her.

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Oh, I totally agree that this became a media firestorm and probably would've been handled completely differently had it not been leaked. I really don't have a 'right / wrong' opinion on this. I can see a lot of different angles. However - I do agree that ABC is doing a CYA. I think they are setting the stage to use the whole incident / subsequent events as an excuse for slumping ratings & criticism in S3 and possibly S4. I hope that this site will continue to be a place for rational discussion and sometimes respectful disagreement, and not deteriorate into personal bashing over this. A lot of other sites have really seen some ugly posts, and I think that's a shame.

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VICKY, YOU ARE A MORON LIKE ISAIAH! YOU SHOULD RESPECT THE ACTORS WHO WORKED WITH A MORON FOR 3 YEARS AND YOU SHOULD RESPECT DEREK AND MEREDITH FANS!

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i'm glad isaiah got fired, he totally deserved it after making that huge unnecessary scene about T.R's sexuality. So he's a homophobic, big deal, it's life. Laterz
mwa

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Okay, I love love love grey's, watched it from the beginning....but I'm really okay with Burke leaving...he sounds like the one jerk at work that everyone wants them to leave so maybe it will be good for the cast, also I really enjoyed his character, but I didn't love him, so I think the show will be just fine!

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Who had any interest of going on and on with this story? Even in Europe they don't stop talking about the slur.
I am sure someone hates GA so much that his/her aim is to start a destruction process starting with IW to at the end definitely kill the show.
Le succes derange!! (Fame disturbs)