For No Apparent Reason, Isaiah Washington Recalls his Homophobic Behavior While Working on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Thursday November 19, 2020

Isaiah Washington on "Grey's Anatomy"
Isaiah Washington on "Grey's Anatomy"  (Source:ABC)

Isaiah Washington was dropped from "Grey's Anatomy" in 2008 after making using a homophobic slur on the set. He was slammed by Katherine Heigl at the time. Now, 13 years later, he responds.

13 years ago Isaiah Washington was fired from ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" for calling a co-star a gay slur, reported Entertainment Weekly. During a heated argument with Patrick Dempsey, Washington was said to have called co-star T.R. Knight a "faggot." When it went public, he apologized, then later denied he said it in the first place; then repeated it on the red carpet at the 2008 Golden Globes. Later that year, he was dismissed from the show.

After the story went viral, Knight came out. And he got support from one of the show's stars, Katherine Heigl, who slammed Washington. "I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public," she told Access Hollywood at the time. "Period. I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it."

"On Monday, Isaiah Washington tweeted out a photo of Katherine Heigl, seemingly apropos of nothing, writing, 'This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again,'" reports Vanity Fair.

He continued: "The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

Since issuing those tweets, the actor has also responded to coverage of the reheated beef, calling Perez Hilton a "hypocrite" and telling him to "thank me for making u 'look' like a hero." He also retweeted People's story, replying, "I'm calling @people out as well for IGNORING the 'testimony' of my whistleblower that debunked this story 3 years ago. I couldn't defend myself on Twitter back then, but I can now. Free Speech is mine. Call Mark Pedowitz for the truth, but you won't. Hypocrisy."

Heigl did not respond, but a source close to her "tells EW the actress stands proudly by what she said at the time.

" 'Katherine stood up for her close friend twice when Isaiah publicly outed him and called him a f----t,' the source told EW on Tuesday. 'That's hate talk, not free speech. She is proud that she stood up for him. Katherine is and always will be an advocate and ally to the LGBTQ community.'"

And many agreed with Heigl in responses to Washington on Twitter:

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