Isaiah Washington Criticizes Brooke Smith Firing

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Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington - who was let go from the show after the end of the third season in mid-2007 (amid allegations of making homophobic slurs about gay co-star T.R. Knight) - is slamming the show for its recent firing of Brooke Smith.

"I looked at a brilliant actress, whom I have adored since I first saw her in Silence of the Lambs," Washington says in the November 17 issue of TV Guide.

"For her to be treated this way, I find very interesting."

After Brooke Smith was let go, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes released a statement last week insisting she "was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian" and did not think the "chemistry with Brooke's character would sustain in the long run."

Regardless, Isaiah Washington says the move was harsh.

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"The fact is that, just before the holidays, you have a mother, a wonderful actress removed from a steady income without the proper reasoning behind it," he said.

"You look at the way another consummate professional [is] being treated because her character, her story line [has] potentially made producers uncomfortable."

He says Shonda Rhimes is getting the raw deal.

"Now that I see what they're doing to a show that I love and I care about, I think it's disgusting," Isaiah Washington said. "The fact that Shonda has been put in this position is extremely unfair. It's unfortunate because it was probably, at the time, the most progressive show on television. Now I see it [being] systematically torn apart."

How can the show be fixed?

"Bring Burke back!" Washington says.

Would he return to the show, despite all the drama? "Absolutely!" 

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Hmmm still with the IW bull chit...Good Greif...Get over it. That was 2 or 3 yrs ago. Let it go...He isn't coming back...I listen to a podcast of Shonda Rhimes not to long ago and after being ask if IW would ever be coming back to the SGH...She said and I quote....His time on the show has come and gone and he would never be back. The show has out grown him. Go to you tube and type in Isiah Wahington and watch the clip of where Grey's Anatomy got the award and he just had to show his ass and repeat. That he didn't call TR a fag and watch the looks on all his cast members faces and see how happy they were. I don't think they would ever wanna working with him again. Patrick Dempsey is the main male actor on this show and he was the one that had the argumant with IW over him calling TR a fag. This show can go on without IW. But it won't be any good without Patrick and Ellen. And SR knows it and she isn't going to screw up her show cause a couple people want the homo phob back. It isn't happening.


I love the character of Preston Burke. I understand IW made some mistakes, but who didn't? In my view, IW performed better than McDreamy did in GA, and Dr Burke is a perfect example for husband. I believe they are lots of ladies would like to marry this kind of man is real life. Therefore, for the favor of pleasing the fans, I mean, this is just a drama isnt it? So why cannot ABC invite IW back though many fans have been so desperate to see him again in this show? Personally, I like him, I forgave IW, and I want hime to back to this show.


he should of never been fired and he was one of the better roles! put him back on the show!!


BRING BURKE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially now that George is dead!


Rumor is that Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey's Anatomy.


I can say that this news made my day. Although I know its kinda late. But seeing as the latest comment was made on March, it gave me hope that some people are still hoping that Isaiah aka Burke will come back because I'm definitely wishing for that. Anyways, the issue of who's leaving the show now is still unclear as far as i've read. Frankly, I couldn't give a damn if either of them left because I don't really find their character interesting. Izzie is abit more entertaining than George though.
Yes, I realise that maybe IW was trying to use the situation to his advantage but lets face it, bringing Burke back would make such a big hooha that the ratings will shoot through the roof. From what I've been reading for that past month, there are still many avid fans of Burke and IW for that matter who miss him and are still pining for his return. After all the drama, everyone will be sure to tune in to what'll happen if/when Burke returns. We know it and he knows it. Its up to ABC to be enlightened by this fact that we've been trying to convey to them for the past 2-3 years. Let's wait and see if our hopes are dashed again with the coming season. Here's wishing for the best. There are still a few months more to the show, so there's still time for whatever that needs to be done I think.


Actually you are the self-absorbed jackass, calling yourself Isaiah. It also shows how famous IW really is ...chuckle... How does one know that one is famous >>> having a mad man imagine he is you ! hahaha IW is being honest and knows > The show was brilliant with IW and has gone down the drain ever since. I do not think he should come back to the show coz they could not appreciate him and have gone completely haywire. Also, KH and TRK > the rats have deserted the sinking ship I hear.... TRK and KH the saboteurs are leaving ?? The show got involved with the selfish drama queen TRK who jinxed the show.
IW is a charitable humanitarian unlike 90% self-absorbed celebrities. More like you are the infamous TRK ......


Oh, I'm Isaiah Washington! I think the show was brilliant with me, the only way it could possibly get better is if I come back. What a self-absorbed jackass!


better to bring him back. Season 4 & 5 are just uncolorful and boring. Relationship between Burke and Cristina is falling apart and losing the theme, which really ruin both of the characters.


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.