Isaiah Washington To Get Canned?
Looks like they might be canning Isaiah Washington soon on “Grey’s Anatomy”. Kristin from E! Network says, “(I) just received word from a highly placed source within the Touchstone/ABC family that ABC and Disney executives are currently considering the option of firing Isaiah Washington from Grey’s Anatomy, effective immediately, without having him appear in any kind of farewell episode.
“According to this reliable source, if the network does follow through with this option, the producers are likely to run a full-screen announcement at the beginning of the first Burke-less episode that announces Isaiah Washington is no longer part of the show. I’m also told by various sources that the loss of Preston Burke is not an easy task for Grey’s writing staff to deal with, given that he has a major storyline (including a life-changing event) coming in the next few episodes that air during February sweeps. Those episodes have already been shot.”
Update: According to Life & Style Isaiah Washington has reportedly “entered a residential treatment facility in an effort to quell the controversy surrounding his anti-gay remarks — and save his job.”
He agreed to undergo a psychological assessment after talks with ABC executives.
AND ANOTHER UPDATE:
From the creator of Grey's Anatomy, Shondra Rhimes: "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 ... We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues."