Isaiah Washington speaks out on his 2007 exit from “Grey’s Anatomy”, citing racism as the real reason he was let go from the medical drama series.
Longtime fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” will recall the controversy that erupted when Washington was fired from the show over a decade ago after reports emerged that he called co-star T.R. Knight a “f****t” during an on-set argument (Knight subsequently came out as openly gay).
Washington, however, now tells TMZ his firing was actually motivated by racism, making the bombshell claims it was ABC executive Howard Davine who fired him, claiming he was racist toward him.
According to TMZ, Washington alleges that reports of his homophobic comments on the set were lies, planted in the press in order to ensure he would be blackballed – and that “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes is backing him up.
In the video above, Washington is seen speaking with TMZ’s Harvey Levin, who asks Washington why Rhimes “wouldn’t jump to your defence given the backdrop you’re presenting.
Washington, 54, responds by revealing that an ABC whistleblower tipped him off about Davine’s alleged role in his firing, and that he just had an hour-long conversation with Rhimes in which he says she told him, “and I quote, she has really nothing good to say about ABC or Howard Davine and his racist, biased behaviour.”
The actor adds: “And she thinks, like, time’s up, he needs to be thoroughly investigated. I’m hoping the ACLU, I’m hoping Time’s Up, I’m hoping the civil rights people go after this Howard Davine – who I would never even know who he was until this whistleblower brought him to my attention. How dare he speak ill of me when I have been able to carve out a minute sense of working after he made the decision to throw me under the bus according to one of his own employees.”
ET Canada has reached out to reps for Rhimes for comment about Washington’s explosive allegations.