Isaiah Washington can deny using the word “faggot” as much as he wants but the fact is he’s used it and he’s used it more than once! T.R. Knight admits that he came out of the closet because of Washington’s repeated usage of that word on set. Washington denied using the word “faggot” to Access Hollywood at the Golden Globes, which even pissed off co-star Katherine Heigl. T.R Knight just said, "I don't know what to say, really, about that." .
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs today, the Grey’s Anatomy star says that something changed inside him when he overheard an argument in October between Washington and co-star McDreamy during which Washington used the slur.
"It's an awesome word, isn't it?" the actor tells DeGeneres sarcastically. "I've never been called that to my face. So I think when that happened, something shifted, and it became bigger than myself." Shortly after the incident T.R. Knight came out of the closet and confirmed it to People Magazine.
"I was under no delusions," he says. "My friends on the set knew. We talked about it. Publicly it's not my thing to call up PEOPLE magazine and be like, 'Hey, you want to know something about me?' ... I could've just let it slide and not said anything, but it became important. It became important to make the statement."