"Grey's" Creator Rhimes Breaks Her Silence, Sort Of
There he goes again! Perhaps Katherine Heigl was right. Perhaps Isaiah Washington shouldn't be allowed to speak publicly for his own good. Fired "Grey's Anatomy" star made some fresh comments about his much publicized dismissal angering "Grey's" honchos. Now, "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes breaks her silence. But would she criticize her good pal Isaiah?
Earlier this week, Washington's publicist said to TV Guide he and his client did not understand why the actor was let go since he had done everything that the network had asked him to, including a meeting with representatives of GLAAD and a PSA with anti-discrimination message.
According to the magazine, the people behind "Grey's Anatomy" believed that "Isaiah missed the point that he should have been apologizing and working on his anger issues because it's the right thing to do and it wasn't just supposed to be an empty exercise he went through for the sake of appearances."
Allegedly, Isiah was let go at the end of the season although the incident occurred way back in January for legal and creative reasons. Letting him go at the end of his current contract cycle appeared to have been the easiest thing to do. The decision may have been made though as early as February.
Now, the show creator Shonda Rhimes broke her silence at last night's Crystal + Lucy Awards honoring Women in Film.
"I don’t want to read the tabloids," she remarked, "and I feel like we wrote the show in a way that really completes the story of [Washington's character] Burke, and that is a really strong thing."
The scribe also dismissed the idea Washington would be replaced with another actor playing Preston Burke:
"I've said it before, I and I will say it again. I don’t believe in replacing one actor with another," she said. "I think [a replacement is] a little bit odd in terms of somebody who has been on the show for three years."
There you have it. Diplomatic as always. Did she agree with the decision? Who made the decision? We may never know.
If Washington didn't use the homophobic slur, I suppose I would feel sorry for the guy. He appears not have a clue what he is talking about. Although people rarely change, perhaps this will be a valuable lesson that will help him grow.