The fallout from Isaiah Washington’s explosion on the Grey’s Anatomy set has taken its human toll, leading co-star T.R. Knight, one of the targets of his wrath, to come out and announce he’s gay.
Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke, began berating Knight on the set last week, in a tirade about cast members showing up late. When the show’s resident heartthrob Patrick Dempsey suggested, “Pick on someone your own size,” Washington went for Dempsey’s throat, called Knight a “bitch” and, according to the National Enquirer, called somebody on the set a “faggot.”
The Enquirer would not name the person at whom the invective was hurled. But the incident and rumours swirling around it apparently led Knight to issue a statement to People magazine.Says Knight: “I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.”
Wish we could say the same for Isaiah Washington. No one on the Grey’s Anatomy set is going to feel much better about him in light of this turn of events. It’s unfortunate that someone’s private life should be exposed in such a manner, especially since Knight was a bystander to Washington’s tantrum. But we have to hand it to T.R., who’s standing tall as a bigger man than the macho, trash-talking star, even as he’s cheated out of years of staged photo ops with publicity-hungry starlets, and maybe even a Scientology wedding.