Washington, NBC may be a match

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Recently dismissed "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Isaiah Washington is in discussions with NBC about a deal, sources said. It was not clear whether NBC is interested in bringing Washington onto an existing series or casting him in a new project.

Washington alluded to his conversations with NBC in his first interview after he was fired from "Grey's" on June 7 because of fallout from the controversy surrounding his reported use of anti-gay slur in a reference to fellow cast member T.R. Knight.

The actor told Entertainment Weekly he and his agent "are sorting through a ton of offers in both film and TV." "There is one network in particular that's very interested, but I don't want to say anything specific until it's a done deal," he said.

Washington indeed had preliminary conversations with the network, though the talks have stalled, according to people familiar with the situation. Washington made news during the past week with a couple of charged interviews, including one suggesting that Knight should have been fired instead of him and accusing his former castmate of milking the homophobic remark incident to get more screen time and better pay.

NBC declined comment Monday. A rep for Washington could not be reached for comment.
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