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Isaiah Washington Taking Life a Day at a Time, Focusing On Foundation

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Isaiah Washington: Moving OnMired in controversy, Isaiah Washington says he's moving on after being fired from Grey's Anatomy.

"In the coming months, all I'm working on right now is trying to focus on day-to-day life and what I'm doing with the foundation, what I'm doing with the family," Washington, 43, told People.

"It starts at the home."

The actor is chairman of the Gondobay Manga Foundation, which works to improve life in Sierra Leone (the foundation was inspired by Washington's discovery that he is genetically linked to that country's Mende people).

And next month he'll go to Ghana for the African Union Summit, where he and 50 other influential African-Americans will meet with 53 African presidents to discuss the continent's future.

On Friday, Washington and Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Mos Def and Herbie Hancock spoke to reporters at L.A.'s Four Seasons Hotel in support of men's fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, who is organizing the event.

The now-former Grey's Anatomy star, who has traveled to Africa multiple times for charity work, explained his passion for the continent.

"Once you get awareness of who you are and how you're here, then I believe there's a responsibility that you have," he said. "And seeing that I can afford to take part in that, I have to be responsible."

Washington was fired from ABC's hit medical series after a gay slur he made in reference to co-star T.R. Knight. Asked if there were any misconceptions about him, he said:

"I don't know. Maybe for 50 years and the history of media and television, I represent something that's supposed to not exist. This happened to Malcolm X, to Paul Robeson. A misconception can happen to any man of power that loves himself and wants to spread that love and that humanity throughout the world."

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How can they take away a hot guy, one of the main leads. Replace it with sm Dr. Hahn female. Ruin the balance, and not get some really hot guy on if they have to replace Dr. Burke. However, he is irrreplaceable ! so they were probably smarter to get a female. That way, no question of a comparison.
The day they want to get the show balanced they' ll have to bring back IW and work out the Burke angle properly and sensitively. Not the muck pulled in Season 3. blah to the show w/o IW. Media liars and network politics ruined the show.

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I want Isaiah Washington back!!!!
He is really great. Of course everyone make mistakes but everyone diserves a second chance in life.
The show is not the same with out him, he is a great "cardiologist". I dont like that blond chick she Soooooo not Grey's Anatomy.

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Why will a black manager fire a black man. Is he because he is black. I guess if a white guy had made the comment he would have not been fired. Isiah is right the racial adversity we all face and the inequality is being exhibited in his case and i believe sincerely the black manager needs to be fired for showing favoritism and being biased becuase a black man made a comment towards a white guy, i call this ridiculous and that shows we black americans how stupid and dumb we are, of being blindfolded by the white folks.

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Summer you hit the nail right on the head, with your statement. I agree 100%

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"I don't know. Maybe for 50 years and the history of media and television, I represent something that's supposed to not exist. This happened to Malcolm X, to Paul Robeson. A misconception can happen to any man of power that loves himself and wants to spread that love and that humanity throughout the world." Wow! Yes what an amazing man! *rolls eyes* He's arrogant blowhard. Does he really think he's a man of power? He's an ACTOR.

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I agree, Tamara. Anyone who does not think that Grey's Anatomy will be as good without Isaiah Washington is nuts. He was an integral part of the cast and Preston Burke and Cristina's relationship an integral part of the storylines. He will be greatly missed.

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I wonder if Isaiah will ever get a gig on mainstream TV or movies again. It seems to me that he has been permanently blacklisted. I'm hoping not.

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Watching GA was almost like a religion for me,and it is a real let down knowing that Isaiah will not be a part of the fourth season. I really loved his character and I am going to miss him. Right now I am not sure if I will love it as much.

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Bring him back on the show. Please don't pull an ER and start getting rid of the best characters.

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I loved Isaiah on GA and will miss him greatly, and I hope to see some more of his talent in the near future. I really think he is a great actor, and I wish him all the best!

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