Source: T.R. Knight Wants Out of Grey's Anatomy Contract

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Despite the initial denials issued by the show amid the latest rumors of on-set upheaval, the revolving door that is the Grey's Anatomy cast has taken another sudden and surprising spin, reports the reliable Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly.

In a shocking development, sources are now confirming that T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) has asked to be released from his contract, a request that both ABC and Grey's Anatomy creator / executive producer Shonda Rhimes appear poised to grant.

"They're working out the details now," whispers an ABC insider.

There's no word on when T.R. Knight would make his final appearance, but, contrary to a report on the gossip blog crazydaysandnights.com, he has not walked off the set of the show: "He's still working," maintains EW's Grey's Anatomy mole.

Photo of Knight, T.R.

Rumors of Knight's unhappiness with Grey's Anatomy date back to Isaiah-gate. The actor was reportedly upset that despite Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl rallying to his defense, it took Rhimes so long to publicly condemn Washington's now-infamous use of the F-word.

The incident led T.R. Knight to come out as a gay man.

Rhimes eventually released a statement denouncing Washington's behavior, but word is, it was too little, too late. Nonetheless, a Grey's Anatomy source insists Knight does not want out of his contract for that reason, adding, "He just feels it's time to move on."

A spokesperson for T.R. Knight declined to comment.

T.R. Knight's probable exit comes at a time when his character, George, has been given little to do of late, save for express concern over Izzie's mental state.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

CRISTINA: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."
GEORGE: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."
CRISTINA: "Yeah, that never really changes."