So Grey's Anatomy won for Best Drama Series Monday night, but leave it to a man with a huge ego to draw the attention to himself.
When asked by a reporter about the highly publicized brawl that went down between co-stars Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy), Washington decided to storm the mic and proclaim "No, I did not call T.R. (Knight, who plays George O'Malley) a faggot. It never happened."
The Hollywood Reporter says the crowd then gasped, and "the rest of the press briefing was spent watching Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) trying to keep Knight from bolting the platform as he was clearly miffed by the comment."
The video of the awkward exchange can be seen at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association website. You can see Eric Dane's (Mark Sloan aka McSteamy) body language shift to uneasy and Patrick Dempsey's head go down as soon as the comment is made.
Co-star Katherine Heigl is not having his bullshit anymore. Later in the night Katherine was clearly pissed off the comment was made and angrily vented to Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson. "There is no way I could do anything so vile." Heigl said revisiting the incident in such an insensitive manner hurt Knight. "I'm going to be really honest right now. [Isaiah] needs to just not speak in public. Period. That did not need to be said again, I’m not OK with it. Drawing attention to it and saying the word again is just unnecessary."
You can see how emotionally distraught she is over the whole thing in the video, which is followed by Isaiah talking to Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush, still claiming he never said the word and trying to redeem himself.
And to think I actually defended him when this whole thing went down because I heard him saying pro-gay marriage things on the Megan Mullaly Show before the whole incident. Now I've just lost all respect. T.R. had to have been so incredibly embarassed. Absolutely horrified. Heads will roll for this one. We can't let him get away with it again.
The worst part about it? Katherine and T.R. have exposed Washington as a bold faced liar. Katherine said in her interview, "It did not need to be said again," implying it actually was said a first time. Then in an interview that aired this morning on Ellen Degeneres, T.R. himself confirmed that Washington did refer to him as a "faggot", that everyone had heard it, and that he didn't know why Washington lied and said he didn't say it.
Here's that interview:
I don't think Washington is a bigot or a homophobe. I do believe his an arrogant, pompous, insensitive pig. When someone can have such disregard for the emotions of their fellow cast members, and publicly humiliate them and disrespect them the way he did at the Globes, they do not deserve to be on the top series on television.
TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, who actually was there in the press room had this to say:
"[Isaiah Washington's] continued employment on a show that wears its diversity as a badge of honor is the height of hypocrisy. If ABC wants to be remotely true to the principles Shonda Rhimes so eloquently espouses through the show, it has to do the right thing and fire Washington. Anything else at this point is simply unacceptable.
I certainly was there, and I have the internal scars to prove it. It was by far the ugliest, most uncomfortable press-room moment I have ever experienced. And judging by the shell-shocked faces on the cast — particularly T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey, who have been class acts throughout this entire ordeal — it was a new low for them, too. And what's ironic about the whole thing is that in Washington's attempt to clear his name, he came off as an out-of-control homophobe who throws the f-word around like it's candy"
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has issued a statement demanding an immediate apology from Washington, and thousands of people have already signed an online petition to get Washington fired from the show.
It'll be interesting to see how Shonda Rhimes and ABC handle this fiasco. I don't understand why she or ABC hasn't publicly slapped him on the wrist for his comments. It's extremely disrespectful to T.R. and the gay community to allow this to be going on without any consequences.Powered by Sidelines