Angry Isaiah May Fight Back
And I was hoping we could put this one behind us. Actor Isaiah Washington is livid that he was fired from ABC's hit drama "Grey's Anatomy" and he may fight back in court. The backstage soap opera continues.
As TV Guide reports, the actor is puzzled by the timing of the decision. His rep, Howard Bragman had this to say: "If they wanted to fire him why didn't they fire him when [the incident] happened?"
"Why did they say, 'Here's what you need to do if you want to come back… ' and then, when he did everything that was asked of him, he still gets fired. Why do you treat somebody like that?"
"If you made a mistake, you acknowledged the mistake, you went into counseling, you met with the groups, you did the PSA, you did everything that was asked of you, and then they still kick you in the gut? How would you feel?"
"There was a discussion and it was agreed upon that this is what needs to be done to come back, and he did everything," he added. "And, in fact, WE were the ones that pushed for the PSA."
He does have a point there. I always said Isaiah should have been fired way back in January. Reproached in October, fired in January. Was Shonda Rhimes trying to protect the creative flow of the show?
In any event, the actor will be looking into legal options, although no decision has been made whether to file a lawsuit or not.
Although I initially worred he may have a case there, an ABC Studio executive assures that the producers have the legal right to not pick up an actor's option – with or without cause.
To Be Continued. Unfortunately.