Isaiah Washington: I Just Said I Wasn’t a Punk After Someone Spit in My Face

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Isaiah Washington was on Larry King last night and cleared some things up:

Isaiah Washington blamed costar Patrick Dempsey’s repeated tardiness to the Grey’s Anatomy set for the blow-up that resulted in Washington using a homophobic slur.Interviewed on Larry King Live, Washington said he regretted not confronting Dempsey the first time he was late, so he challenged him the second time. But Dempsey wanted to delay the scene more to wait for Grey’s star Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dempsey’s love interest, before shooting began.

“I said I don’t need Ellen, I can act,” Washington told King. “And that was the moment that sent it into a different zone.” According to Washington, Dempey erupted. “He became unhinged, sprayed spittle in my face,” said Washington, in his first television interview about the controversy. “I’m asking him why is he screaming at me. … He just becomes irate.”

That’s when Washington said “a lot of things I’m not really proud of.”

“I said several bad words,” he recalled, quoting himself as telling Dempsey: “There’s no way you’re going to treat me like the B-word, the P-word or the F-word.”

He said that the “F-word” was not meant as an anti-gay slur, but implied “somebody who is being weak.” Washington also strongly denied he ever directed the word at gay costar T.R. Knight. “I am not homophobic – in no way, shape or form,” said Washington.

As for Knight claiming the slur was directed at him, Washington said, “That’s a lie. He misrepresented himself.” Washington suggested Knight did that to advance his career and get more money. “He has been very disappointed in playing the character he has been playing. He told me that,” said Washington. But Washington said he felt badly about repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globe Awards. “I wish I could take that back,” Washington said. He became emotional at one point in the interview. When King asked if any cast members had written to him, Washington paused and appeared close to tears when he recalled that Sandra Oh had sent him an email.

We think he is stupid at times but he should get his job back. If what he is saying is true, I can see how people in Hollyweird would try to use this to further a political agenda. You can’t send a man back to McDonald’s #4 meals after getting spoiled on Lobster for just sticking up for himself on the set.


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