Isaiah Washington Update
"Grey's Anatomy" star fires publicist and faces co-stars; GLAAD president flies to Los Angeles to meet with Washington and ABC executives; there are calls for the network to fire the homophobic actor and some openly criticize Shonda Rhimes for being too passive.
The controversy surrounding Isaiah Washington's comments in the Golden Globes press room one week ago continues to pick up steam.
TV Guide revealed over the weekend Washington had fired his longtime publicist Cynthia Snyder on Thursday and hired Allen Mayer and Kelly Mullens of 42 West who are specialized in "damage control" as they had previously worked with the likes of R Kelly, Tommy Lee and Paula Poundstone.
Meanwhile, a number of TV critics and gay media are calling on ABC to fire Isaiah Washington also wondering why showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who takes great pride in her show's diversity, has not responded with stronger language and publicly denounced Washington's behavior.
For the moment, ABC is has not made a final decision regarding Isaiah Washington's future with the hit series.
According to an anonymous insider, who explained ABC's personnel had been instructed not to make any comments beyond the official network statement issued on Thursday, Washington may face termination of employment on the grounds of Disney's corporate anti-discrimination policy.
According to insiders, Washington has met face-to-face with his co-stars last week to discuss the latest turn of events as well as reasons why they find working with him on the set "challenging".
Neil G. Giuliano, the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, told CNN on Friday that he expected to travel to Los Angeles this week to meet with ABC executives and Isaiah Washington.