Isaiah Washington apologizes again for slur against T.R. Knight; ABC "greatly dismayed"
It's a-gettin' ugly out there, so Washington and ABC have decided to tell the press that they're all working on a solution to this. The network said that they are "greatly dismayed" at Washington's use of the slur yet again and that "his actions are unacceptable and are being addressed." What "being addressed" means is anyone's guess. Homophobe rehab, perhaps?
For his part, Washington (or at least his PR staff) seems very regretful that he brought the incident up again: "I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help." As long as he doesn't claim he was drunk, I guess we could cut him a little bit of slack.
Wonder what all this means for Grey's, though; Preston Burke is an important but not pivotal character, and Washington doesn't seem to be well liked around there. It makes one wonder if Washington is going to be asked back next year.
Here are the statements in full:
"We have a long standing policy to create and maintain respectful workplaces for all our employees. We dealt with the original situation in October, and thought the issue resolved. Therefore, we are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use such inappropriate language at the Golden Globes, language that he himself deemed "unfortunate" in his previous public apology. We take this situation very seriously. His actions are unacceptable and are being addressed."
Apology from Isaiah Washington:
"I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on Grey's Anatomy. I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help.
I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I've hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I've opened.
T.R.'s courage throughout this entire episode speaks to his tremendous character. I hold his talent, and T.R. as a person, in high esteem. I know a mere apology will not end this, and I intend to let my future actions prove my sincerity."