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Isaiah Washington Leaves Grey's Anatomy

It's Official: Isaiah Washington Leaves "Grey's Anatomy"

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?

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Joey_J1 Joey_J1 10 years
Girls And Boys... If You Think About It.... Grey's Is Going Down The Tubes... Burke Is Gone, Addison <3 Is Leaving! George Has Failed And Derek And Meredith Are Over. Ever Since The Episode When Meredith "Went Into The Light" I Find The Show Has Gone Down The Tubes. There Is Just Nothing Left For This Show. They Will Have To Bring In Someone Amazing To Fill In Both Burke And Addison's Characters. And For People Who Dislike Burke... You'll Have To Give Him Credit... His Character Some What Held Down The Fort. But I Find This Show Has Changed Because Everyone Started Watching It... It Got Into The Public Eye And The Writers Got Stressed Because It Was Such A Popular Show And They Had To Impress People. Personally I'm Not Really Looking Forward To The Next Season :(
xswthunayx xswthunayx 10 years
somehow i don't think i'll see this happening to a gay guy if he called a straight guy a "straight-a**-b*tch" it's not fair, he shouldnt have lost his job and O'malley (though i love him) shouldn't have gotten a raise, because we ALL know that he got the raise bcause of the incident.
arod379 arod379 10 years
"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" is a classic line from the film Network. I laughed out loud when I heard he ripped off this line. Hah!
racingtime racingtime 10 years
About Mjsmunk's comment about "George" being hard to believe as married now that he's out of the closet. I think that's really closed-minded. You know they're not all really doctors right? Does that make it harder to believe what they do on the show too? It's acting. That's exactly the kind of attitude that make actors feel like they have to hide in the closet instead of being free to be who they are.
wendybird33 wendybird33 10 years
the burke christina relationship for me always lacked passion. IW has to face the consequences of his actions. abc did the right thing.
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 10 years
I'm afraid that I will not be watching Grey's this fall. It was losing steam anyway. I will really miss Dr. Burke. It's totally jumping the shark!
emmalou1 emmalou1 10 years
not surprising considering the controversy. BUT i do agree, I'll miss the character of Dr. Burke. :( He brought a nice balance to the drama. Hopefully, with both his absence and Kate Walsh's exit, the show will find a new balance and synergy. And Christina can go back to being Christina.
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
this is dumb. dumb dumb. people makes mistakes and they grow from it, clearly t.r. knight is a wuss and wasn't strong enough to handle the situation and if it were up to me i'd take Burke over George any day. burktina will always live in my heart. so sad
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
If they replace him! I hope they do. Maybe they can bring in Blair Underwood (L.A. Law, Sex and the City) as Burke. I don't thik he's doing anything now, well nothing that's been in the There should be a post about who should replace Burke, if there isn't already.
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
Well I think its stupid that Addison and Dr. Burke left the show because they were two main characters. I think the show will probably do fine without them though. I didn't really care about Burke on the show so I probably won't be missing him much. I wonder who's going to replace him??
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Why would they wait this long to fire him? After all the publicity about this stopped? I think Katherine Heigl is going to leave next she keeps whinning about not making enough money on the show.
krys786 krys786 10 years
Grey's will be even worse next year. I'm calling this one though: Izzie's pregnant with George's baby.
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
Maybe she'll hook up with George. lol Or McSteamy. He's still on the show, right?
tinapunk tinapunk 10 years
i am so sad that he is leaving. who is christina going to date? or will she leave? nooooo....
licia licia 10 years
I liked his character on the show, but other than that I've never really liked him. Even before Grey's when I'd seen him in other random things I felt like he had a pompous attitude. I don't think anyone will be surprised that they let him go either.
1missy 1missy 10 years
I am not a fan of his.
roxy17 roxy17 10 years
oops Dr. Burke sorry
roxy17 roxy17 10 years
Well I love Dr. the character, IW made more than one comment. He made the initial comment and then didn't learn to shut his mouth. He also works in an industry where the spotlight is on him so whereas maybe we wouldn't get fired from our jobs, he did. Plus, added his confrontation with PD and I am not suprised at all he was let go.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Surprise surprise....I think we all saw it coming.
mjsmonk mjsmonk 10 years
This whole thing makes me sick - people are entitled to their opinions - and he should have shut up. But he did apologize and even go to REHAB for this crap. His character on Grey's will be missed badly. George is hard to believe that he is married anyhow now that he's out of the closet - and he even flunked his test. Both of them should have had to leave. BTW - I am SICK SICK SICK of SKINNY Meridith Grey and her pathetic face.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
I'm glad to see him go.
sofi sofi 10 years
yeah, the Burke character was very good. I have been thinking a lot about this recently because I just started watching season 1 on DVD. Does anyone remember the first episode where there was a lot of 'George being gay' going around? Also, him and Burke get into it a lot and it seems like Burke has it in for George- he even calls him a pansy at one point. It was a great episode but watching now after all this controversy is interesting.
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