Washington discharged from 'Grey's Anatomy'
EmptyDr. Preston Burke packed his bags on the season finale of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" last month. Now Isaiah Washington, the actor who has played him for the past three seasons, is doing the same.
On Thursday, ABC Studios, which produces "Grey's," made a decision not to pick up Washington's option for next season.
In his reaction to the firing, Washington channeled Paddy Chayefsky. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore," he said in a statement released through his publicist.
The dismissal follows months of speculation about Washington's future on the show after the furor caused by his use of anti-gay slur in reference to his castmate T.R. Knight. Knight recently closed a deal to continue on the hit medical drama.
While the first media report about Washington's alleged use of the slur on the set of "Grey's appeared in October, it was Washington's repeat of the offensive remarks during a backstage press conference at the Golden Globes in January -- while denying he'd said the slur earlier -- that ignited the public outcry.
Washington has since apologized, sought counseling and signed up to do a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.