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Isaiah Washington To Return To 'Grey's Anatomy' 7 Years After Getting Fired

March 7th, 2014 2:25pm EST
Isaiah Washington To Return To 'Grey's Anatomy' 7 Years After Ge
Seven years after being fired from "Grey's Anatomy," actor Isaiah Washington will be making a guest appearance on the medical drama.

Washington made headlines in 2006 over a gay slur he allegedly made about gay co-star T.R. Knight during an on-set argument. Even though he apologized for his "unfortunate use of words," producers decided not to renew his contract at the end of season three in 2007.

Washington made matters worse backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in 2012 when he reiterated the offensive word as he attempted to play down the incident. He struggled to find acting work for so...
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Isaiah Washington set for return to Grey's Anatomy

March 6th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington is set for a return to the medical drama he was forced out of following a gay slur scandal in 2006.

The star left Grey's Anatomy in disgrace in 2007 after it was alleged he upset gay co-star T.R. Knight during an on-set argument by calling him a derogatory homophobic word.

Washington apologised for his "unfortunate use of words" but his contract was not renewed by producers at the end of the show's season three, and the actor left the series.

He will return as Preston Burke for one of Sandra Oh's final shows - his doctor previously romanced Oh's character Cristina...
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Mo'Nique lands leading role in Blackbird adaptation

January 7th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Mo'nique
Oscar winner Mo'nique has signed on to play Isaiah Washington's estranged wife in the upcoming film adaptation of Larry Duplechan's bestseller, Blackbird.

The Precious star will portray Claire Rousseau in the drama that revolves around a gay, teenage African-American choirboy, played by newcomer Julian Walker.

The actress will also co-produce director Patrik-Ian Polk's film with her husband Sidney Hicks, through their Hicks Media production company.

Casting Mo'Nique, Polk says, "When we wrote the role of Claire Rousseau, we dreamed of attracting an A-list actress. So to actually get an O...
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Ellen Pompeo Gets Candid About Katherine Heigl's Exit From 'Grey's Anatomy'

October 8th, 2013 11:02am EDT
Ellen Pompeo Gets Candid About Katherine Heigl's Exit From 'Grey
Ellen Pompeo has pulled no punches in an interview with the New York Post about Katherine Heigl's exit from "Grey's Anatomy" and the writer's desire to pair her character, Meredith Grey, with Isaiah Washington's Dr. Preston Burke.

Heigl left the series in 2010, and Pompeo explained: "You could understand why she wanted to go - when you're offered $12 million a movie and you're only 26. But Katie's problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off."

Indeed, Heigl has strugg...
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Ellen Pompeo refused to romance Isaiah Washington onscreen

October 7th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Ellen Pompeo
Actress Ellen Pompeo made it clear she did not want Isaiah Washington to play her onscreen love interest on hit medical drama Grey'S Anatomy because she felt the mixed race storyline would be "too close to home".

The white star, who is married to African-American music producer Chris Ivery, reveals show creator Shonda Rhimes wanted to pair her Meredith Grey with Washington's Dr. Preston Burke during the programme's early days, but Pompeo objected and suggested she romance Patrick Dempsey's character instead.

She tells the New York Post, "You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boy...
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Isaiah Washington: 'I lost everything after gay slur controversy'

September 14th, 2013 9:27am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington "lost everything" after his gay slur scandal in 2007 because no one in Hollywood wanted to hire him.

The star was fired from hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy after an onset altercation with Patrick Dempsey, in which he referred to gay castmate T.R. Knight as a f**got.

Washington made matters worse backstage at the Golden Globe Awards that year when he reiterated the offensive word as he attempted to play down the incident, and he now admits he was wrong to revisit the controversy at the high-profile event because he was drunk.

During an appearance on The View, he ...
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Isaiah Washington Appointed Chief Of Sierra Leone Tribe

May 3rd, 2011 3:34pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington has been appointed chief of a Sierra Leone tribe, after embarking on a quest to discover his roots.

The actor, who penned a memoir called A Man From Another Land, reveals his search to learn more about his family history led him to fulfill an ancient prophecy.

During an appearance on breakfast show Today on Tuesday, Washington revealed, "I did a DNA test back in 2005... After about eight months of research I decided, 'What am I going to do with this information?' I put a delegation together. I had an architect and a surgeon come, thinking I was going to go into (...
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Celebrities Who Have Been Fired From Their TV Shows

March 15th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Charlie Sheen
By now the whole world should know that "Two and a Half Men" will not feature Charlie Sheen next season. Last week, Warner Bros. terminated Sheen's contract after he publicly criticized the shows co-creator Chuck Lorre and confessed to drug use, wild partying, and a polyamorous relationship. Charlie Sheen isn't the first actor to be kicked off a successful television show. Here are some other notable celebrities who have been given the pink slip from their respective TV shows because of controversy or erratic behavior.

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New Year’s Resolutions For 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 2011 Edition

December 29th, 2010 10:02am EST
Grey's Anatomy Cast Members.
With 2010 drawing to a close, it’s time for the top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the “Grey’s Anatomy” cast and crew! This season of “Grey’s Anatomy” has been full of changes, challenges and plot twists, and no doubt the 2011 episodes will continue to have that same depth of drama. However, certain members of the team should endeavor to adopt some specific New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, in light of events which have taken place during the first half of Season 7. Naturally, this article contains spoilers—but you can catch up on everything “Grey’s Anatomy” each week with the episode recaps h...
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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 7 Ep. 2 Recap: Lighting Strikes, Healing And Hope

October 7th, 2010 6:18am EDT
Cristina on the floor of the O.R.
The familiar faces at Seattle Grace are still recovering from the traumatic events of the Season 6 finale, but Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Derek (Patrick Demsey), Cristina (Sandra Oh) and the rest of the Grey’s Anatomy cast are finally getting on the road to recovery—slowly and painfully, but surely. The theme of tonight’s episode was lightning; how it rarely strikes in one place twice, and how quickly life can be over with a single bolt of chance.

The episode began with Meredith continuing to campaign for approval to return to surgery, resorting to crocodile tears and a lukewarm confession o...
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Bank Sues Former 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Isaiah Washington For $100,000

July 30th, 2010 8:45am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington's financial woes refuse to go away - the actor is facing a lawsuit from his bank after allegedly falling behind with loan repayments.

The former Grey's Anatomy star, who was fired from the hit medical drama in 2007 for using a derogatory term to describe gay actor T.R. Knight, is being sued by City National Bank bosses, who claim he has yet to repay a $100,000 loan he took out in 2008, according to TMZ.com.

The website reports the bank is demanding the full amount, as well as interest and penalties.

Last year, Washington was threatened with eviction after allegedly fail...
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Former 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Isaiah Washington Facing Eviction

August 27th, 2009 3:04pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington is facing eviction from his Los Angeles home - following reports the former Grey's Anatomy star owes over $100,000 in unpaid rent.

According to court documents filed by by Sandalwood Properties in Santa Monica, on Tuesday, Washington and his wife have fallen behind on their $20,000 a month payments.

Washington's landord claims rent has not been paid on the Venice-area home since November.

The actor lost his job on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007 after making a homophobic slur during an onset fight with a castmate.

A spokesperson for Washington had not returned request...
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Isaiah Washington Moves Out Of Home

March 31st, 2009 8:57am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has reportedly moved out of his Los Angeles home following an argument over unpaid rent.

The actor's landlord filed papers on March 24th claiming that Washington was five months behind in rental payments, amounting to a total of $100,000. Washington and wife Jenisa faced being kicked out of the $3.5 million property in Venice, L.A.

However rather than being evicted, the star has now voluntarily moved out, according to RadarOnline.com. Washington and his wife were seen leaving the residence on Monday afternoon, and two housekeepers wer...
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Isaiah Washington Facing Eviction Over Unpaid Bills

March 25th, 2009 9:02am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington is reportedly facing legal action and eviction from his Los Angeles home in an argument over unpaid rent.

According to TMZ.com the actor's landlord filed papers on March 24th claiming that Washington is five months behind in rental payments, amounting to a total of $100,000.

Washington and wife Jenisa now face being kicked out of the $3.5 million property in Venice, L.A.

No further details were available as WENN went to press.

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Axed Star Defends 'Grey's Anatomy' Producers

December 9th, 2008 9:38am EST
Brooke Smith
Brooke Smith has defended her former TV bosses at Grey's Anatomy, insisting she has "no hard feelings" after her lesbian character was written out of the show.

Network bosses announced Smith would be axed from the show last month, sparking rumors she was written out of the series in a bid to end her character Dr Erica Hahn's burgeoning homosexual affair.

Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes refuted the reports, telling Us Weekly, "Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian. Clearly it's not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show - Calliope Torres (Sara Ramirez...
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Isaiah Washington Hits Out At 'Grey's Anatomy' Bosses

November 11th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington has lashed out at his former bosses on hit U.S. TV series Grey's Anatomy - insisting their decision to write Brooke Smith's character out of the show is "disgusting."

Washington's contract on the ABC medical drama wasn't extended after he used homophobic language during a 2006 on-set rant with co-star Patrick Dempsey.

And now he has launched a campaign in defense of Smith after bosses announced her character, who's engaged in a lesbian storyline on the show, would be written out.

He says, "I looked at a brilliant actress, whom I have adored since I fir...
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Bow Wow Joins 'Entourage'

May 23rd, 2008 12:37pm EDT
Bow Wow
Rapper Bow Wow has joined the fifth season of the hit TV program Entourage.

The hip-hop star, real name Shad Moss, has landed a recurring role as a stand-up comedian who is managed by Eric Murphy, played by actor Kevin Connolly.

Moss - who says he aims to take on more acting roles in an attempt to "be the next Will Smith" - has also been cast in the upcoming sports drama Patriots opposite Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

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Isaiah Washington Fumes Over 'Grey's Anatomy' Ad

May 9th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington is fuming after the show's bosses used him to promote the latest episode - after he had been fired. Washington's contract on the ABC medical drama wasn't extended after he used homophobic language during an argument with co-star T.R. Knight.

So he was stunned to see his face feature in a new promo aired on the network - showing his character Dr. Preston Burke in a newspaper cutting.

His spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "Isaiah has no plans to go back to Grey's Anatomy ... That being said, we were more than a little surprised that ABC used hi...
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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 4: No Longer a Code Blue

January 14th, 2008 12:24pm EST
Grey
No more new Grey's Anatomy episodes are set to air, at least not until the strike is resolved. Let's take a look back at the shortened fourth season of everyone's favorite show about a hospital where you would never want to be a patient.

One cast member left, and new ones took his place. We all learned to how much blood can spray on an intern. Most importantly, we were able to enjoy a show that in the previous season was a melodramatic letdown nearly each and every week.

Major Plot Points

Burke vanished and nobody called any of the Without a Trace people to look for him. Yes...
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Isaiah Washington Joins Former Castmates On Picket Line

December 13th, 2007 9:18am EST
Isaiah Washington
Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington showed he has no hard feelings about his departure from the medical drama when he joined his ex-castmates on the writers' strike picket lines on Wednesday.

The actor, who was fired from the show in the aftermath of an on-set argument, in which he referred to gay people as 'faggots,' surprised many when he showed up unannounced to support protesters in their sixth week on strike. And, to show he was truly in the festive spirit, he made a point of hugging "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes, who fired him earlier this year.

Washingto...
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Scott Caan Apologizes For Using Gay Slur

November 16th, 2007 8:47am EST
Scott Caan
Actor Scott Caan has apologized for using a homophobic slur towards a photographer. The Ocean's Eleven star, son of screen legend James Caan, called a paparazzo who got too close for his liking a "f**got."

He tells website TMZ.com, "I am sorry for using such a derogatory word. I was being harassed by a paparazzi, and unfortunately, the word slipped out. I don't ever condone the use of that word and I deeply apologize to anyone whom I may have offended."

Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington was publicly demonized for using the word in an on-set spat with co-star Patrick D...
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TR Knight Helps Others 'Come Out'

October 10th, 2007 9:17am EDT
T.R. Knight
Gay Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight has recorded a public service announcement in a bid to help other closeted homosexuals 'come out.' The actor claims he was "forced out" after former castmate Isaiah Washington used a derogatory gay slur in an on-set row - and he has since been championed by gay rights groups for taking a stand.

And now, Knight has teamed up with The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to shoot a powerful public service announcement in recognition of National Coming Out Day.

In the 20-second ad, Knight tells viewers how important it is to accept t...
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Gay 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Laughs Off Rumors He's Dating Co-Star's Mom

September 28th, 2007 8:51am EDT
T.R. Knight
Gay actor T.R. Knight was left bemused by a recent tabloid report that he enjoyed a double-date with Katherine Heigl and her fiancé Josh Kelley - because his supposed boyfriend was Heigl's mother.

Knight, who 'came out' as a homosexual last year, following a row between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey on the set of his TV show Grey's Anatomy, insists he's single.

He says, "Recently Kate and her fiance Josh Kelley and me and her mom went out to dinner, and it was reported that it was with me and my new boyfriend. But that was her mom. So I guess I'm dating Katherine's mom r...
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Katherine Heigl Praises Gay Co-Star

September 6th, 2007 6:06pm EDT
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl has praised her Grey's Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight for the "dignified" way in which he handled the Isaiah Washington controversy. Washington was fired from the U.S. TV show earlier this year - after using a homophobic slur during an onset argument with Patrick Dempsey which prompted Knight to 'come out' as a homosexual.

And Heigl now believes her best friend Knight's refusal to talk about the matter was the best way of handling the situation.

She says, "It wasn't even me who (Washington) was talking about, but I felt so infuriated and angry because that was the on...
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Patrick Dempsey Hails 'Fun' Atmosphere On 'Grey's' Set

September 6th, 2007 1:13pm EDT
Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey has noticed the "lighter" atmosphere on the set of medical drama Grey's Anatomy since the departure of controversial cast mate Isaiah Washington.

Washington was written out of the show earlier this year, following a media storm last year after he was alleged to have made homophobic comments about gay co-star T.R. Knight, which prompted an on-set argument with Dempsey.

The cast have only just returned to the set to film Season 4. Dempsey says, "It's a lot lighter, people are having more fun. The energy and the adjustments make a big difference."

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Washington Focused On Charity During Grey's Controversy

August 4th, 2007 1:00pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington escaped the controversy surrounding his Grey's Anatomy scandal and subsequent firing by focusing on his charity work in Sierra Leone. Washington was fired from the U.S. TV show earlier this summer after using a homophobic slur during an onset argument with co-star Patrick Dempsey last October which prompted another co-star, T.R. Knight to 'come out' as a homosexual.

But Washington credits his Gondobay Manga Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of people in rural Sierra Leone, with keeping him grounded during the much-publicized scandal.

He says, "T...
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Isaiah Washington's Secret Money Troubles?

July 25th, 2007 10:49am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Signing on for five episodes of NBC’s upcoming new fall series Bionic Woman should help Isaiah Washington overcome the sting of losing an estimated $2.7 million salary after his Grey’s Anatomy contract was not renewed, according to Star magazine.

And if anyone knows what its like to kiss big bucks bye-bye, it’s Isaiah. Star has learned that in the years before Washington, 43, hit the big time as Grey’s Dr. Preston Burke, he was on the receiving end of a number of lawsuits from creditors looking for missing money!

According to Los Angeles County Court documents:

In 1998, Beve...
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Isaiah Washington Blaming Patrick Dempsey For Not Defending Him?

July 24th, 2007 2:59pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Disgraced actor Isaiah Washington is fuming over a new TV interview in which he seemed to poke fun at former Grey's Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey for not sticking up for him in the aftermath of his gay slur scandal. Washington was rowing with Dempsey on the set of the medical drama last year when he uttered the word 'faggot', which sparked a major controversy.

The comment led to co-star T.R. Knight 'coming out' as a gay man, but Washington has always maintained the slur wasn't directed at Knight.

In a TV interview on U.S. news show Access Hollywood last week, host Billy Bush as...
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Isaiah Washington Lands First TV Role Since Gay Remark Controversy

July 17th, 2007 11:15am EDT
Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington has landed his first TV role after being fired from Grey's Anatomy for using a homophobic slur during an on-set fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey. Washington was dismissed by bosses at U.S. TV network ABC earlier this summer - seven months after the behind-the-scenes fracas hit the headlines, prompting another co-star, T.R. Knight to 'come out' as a homosexual.

Washington publicly apologised for his comment and met with gay leaders to seek forgiveness - but it wasn't enough for him to keep his job.

However, the controversy hasn't ended the actor's TV caree...
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Isaiah Washington To Guest-Star In Five Episodes Of NBC's New Drama 'Bionic Woman'

July 16th, 2007 2:57pm EDT
Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington will guest-star in an arc of five episodes on NBC's new drama series "Bionic Woman," it was announced today at NBC's Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition, the network and studio are developing an action-series project with Washington based on an idea from Washington.

The announcement was made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"Isaiah Washington is a very talented and versatile actor and I've always admired his work," said Silverman. "These episodes on 'Bionic Woman' and the new development deal will showc...
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