After months of rumors and a season finale cliffhanger that left every option open, the news is here -- Grey's Anatomy did not renew Isaiah Washington's contract. ABC officials declined to comment on the news, but a source close to the negotiations said "It was a difficult year and this should come as no surprise to anyone."
Washington issued the following statement: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Wow. That's bold.
The trouble started last October when an on set fight in which Washington used a homophobic slur against co-star TR Knight became public. Since then, it's been no secret that tensions are high on the set, including Washington's attempts at back peddling with a stint in "rehab" and filming this PSA. At the end of season three, the futures of both Washington and Knight were in question. Earlier in the week we learned that George O'Malley (Knight) will be back -- with a substantial raise, to boot.
While Isaiah's behavior has been controversial, offensive and pompous, I must admit that I will be sad to see his character go. Dr. Burke has hung up his scrubs and Seattle Grace will be a less stoic place without him. What do you guys think? Why do you think Isaiah won't be back? Will he be missed or was it totally for the best? And what do you make of his bizarre statement?