Isaiah Washington Comments on Katherine Heigl Situation

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In the wake of the latest Katherine Heigl controversy, two former Grey's Anatomy co-stars are going on the record with Entertainment Tonight about the actress' decision to remove her name from Emmy contention.

A winner just last year, Heigl said she did not submit her name for the awards because of material she didn't feel was worthy of consideration.

Not surprisingly, the show's writers take issue.

Former co-star Isaiah Washington is no stranger to controversy himself. In fact, he removed himself from Emmy consideration after the firestorm of criticism following his alleged remarks about co-star T.R. Knight.

Washington spoke candidly about Heigl's situation to ET.

"It's unfortunate that what is happening is happening. I understand both sides, I was there. I know exactly where everyone's coming from," he said.


Isaiah Washington said he called Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes as soon as he heard that the news broke.

"I've reached out and said, look, whatever I can do to help out, I'm open to it," he said.

Meanwhile, Kate Walsh, who appeared on an episode of Grey's Anatomy this spring and is the star of its spin-off, Private Practice, didn't address Heigl directly, but had praise for the writers on her current show.

"All I know is I think that they're, it's an amazing show and amazing writers, and I love going to work everyday," Walsh said.

Katherine Heigl (seen below vacationing with husband Josh Kelley in Mexico) is expected back when Grey's Anatomy returns to production June 25.

Despite widespread rumors that the actress wants to leave the hit show, she has never made a comment to that effect publicly. Stay tuned.

Josh Kelley Shirtless

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I used to love GA whole-heartedly. I was very crazy about it not only becuase I am a medical student, but also because the characters of Dr Burke and Yang, who brought me so much happiness. Saddly, I had not watched Grey's Anatomy anymore after Dr burke had been kicked out. And I was wondering how the other fans in my country thought about this American drama, what to my surprise was, almost 90% of the fans wanted Burke to be back or saying they miss him so much. I was heartbrokened after I knew that Cristina and Preston did not get married eventually. So the fans in China built a online club to memory the happiness moment Dr Burke and Cristina were once being togething. Christmas is coming, I would like to make wish to Santa, could you please bring Dr Preston Burke back to GA? Without him, I am feeling so confusing about the course I am studying. The charactor of Dr Burke encourges me to be a excellent surgeon as he was. Can't ABC or T.Knight just forget and forgive the mistake he made?! Or was is because he is a black but Knight is not? And in this point, many of fans in China believes the IS performs much better than T Knight.


Grays anatomy is a nice movie but didnt happen to check on the latest updates


GA was full of suspence and intrigues and i always look forward to the next eposode cos of my favourite,Dr.Preston Burke.Please bring him back.




I heard that Heigl is doing a promo thing with a Washington DC Vacation Package firm and a Washington DC Hotel chain. What is this all about?..


Im begging the producer to please try to end this feud because we(Nigerians) love seen Dr Burke on screen


Please bring Isiah Washington back....the magic they created on screen with Christina can not be matched.GA is now just a good show,before it was magic-there was something about Dr Burke,his cockiness,and confidence that made you want to rush home and tune in....I hope the producers of this show consider this seriously cause soon they will be flogging a dead horse


Just bring Isaiah Washington back to the show...the show needs him...just let that big head KH go!SERIOUSLY!!!PLEASE... I MISS YOU SO MUCH PRESTON BURKE...


To keep Grey's Anatomy from losing anymore of it's viewers, you must bring Dr. Burke’s imperative that you do this immediately. Without him the show will be good. However, with him the show will be great. Isaiah Washington is a man of integrity. He's a standup guy. He apologized, and went to counseling. Here's a thought, he didn't even get the airtime as Mac Dreamy, and yet viewers all over the world raises their voices loudly, chanting for the return of Preston Burke. Imagine if he really did get the same airtime as Mac Dreamy, one can only guess how far the show would skyrocket through the roof. Be wise; don't let a great show find it's way down a slippery slop. Rather, keep it steady, and upstream. Additionally, Dr. Burke is sexy, mysterious, yet dedicated, and loyal. True qualities rest within this actor. Please grant him another opportunity to team up with Grey's anatomy. The show will be all the better for it. For think, the story line with Meredith and Derek, is growing dim...seriously!


Please, please, please, bring Preston Burke back to Grey's Anatomy. There was truly a place for him in the show, and it is he along with the rest of the cast, that made it the best show every on tv.


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.