The Grey’s Anatomy offscreen soap opera has now entered the realm of the absurd, as star Isaiah Washington has gone into rehab in an effort to save his job.
Word came today that ABC executives have ordered him to undergo psychological assessment to find out why he called co-star T.R. Knight a “faggot” during a spat on the set back in the fall–or else!
Everything had quieted down until last week, when Grey’s won a Golden Globe and Washington, in the grand tradition of Hollywood lying and spin control, Washington denied having uttered the slur. But in denying it, he used the word again! He didn’t direct it toward anyone, only referring to the word he’s been accused of saying.
Washington has already apologized twice, met with gay leaders and offered to make public service announcements. But rehab? Granted, it beats a prime tiem spanking by Dr. Phil– but didn’t anyone at ABC listen to the words Roseanne Barr used to scream from her office all those years? Washington confirmed it in a statement today:
“With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally.”
Meanwhile, Grey’s creator and showrunner Shonda Rimes, who’s been getting some criticism for not dealing more decisively with the situation when it occurred, issued her own statement:
” We applaud and encourage Isaiah’s realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues. I speak for all the executive producers here at Grey’s Anatomy when I say that Isaiah Washington’s use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference.”
Isaiah, babe, we know you’re sorry you said it. We know you want to keep your job and career. But before you agree to electroshock therapy or chemical castration, get a second opinion.
– Tabloid Baby