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ABC "Greatly Dismayed" by Isaiah's Outburst

1/18/2007 6:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Isaiah WashingtonABC has gotten around to responding to Isaiah Washington's use of a gay slur at the Golden Globes, and, no, they're not at all happy about it.

The ABC statement, first reported by TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, reads, "We have a long standing policy to create and maintain respectful workplaces for all our employees. We dealt with the original situation in October, and thought the issue resolved. Therefore, we are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use such inappropriate language at the Golden Globes, that he himself deemed 'unfortunate' in his previous public apology. We take this situation very seriously, and his actions are unacceptable and are being addressed."

Washington said he had "never" called gay castmate T.R. Knight "a faggot" after Monday's Golden Globes. Knight told Ellen DeGeneres that he had, in fact, heard Washington use the term during a scuffle with Patrick Dempsey on the set of "Grey's Anatomy."

It is unclear when the network will make a decision on Washington's future on the show.

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16.

bevs    

You can call 818.460.7200 or email the president of ABC at Stephen.McPherson@abc.com to demand the firing of Isaiah Washington.
Please take time out of your busy days to do this. This type of behaviour should not be tolerated.

2750 days ago
17.

Elaine in SC    

...Maybe it is time for a new storyline for Mr. Washington. He could suffer a slight stroke, as a result of his recent hand surgery, that affects the sex part of his brain; and the result would be that Dr. Burke now desires Grorge's company and not Christina's.
...Since he seems to think he is irreplaceable. let Mr. Washington play that role for a while...or let him walk out the door,donating the balance of his contract to the charity of T. R. Knights' choice. I will admit I really enjoyed his buddy dynamic with George..this shows what brilliant actors both men are; but, it proves one can act brilliantly and still have no redeeming social qualities in one's character. .
...I and I am sure many other fans are extremely disappointed in Mr. Washington's display of bigotry, homophobia and intolerance.
...Kudos to Mr. Knight for being the honorable compassionate gentleman
he is.

2750 days ago
18.

SICK IGNORANCE    

Okay here it goes. Let the biggots begin. Oh it would be okay if a white person had called him a faggot. And #20 It's okay to say Black people. That is what we are. Just like you are a white person. Black and white. A small portion of this wonderful world of color.

2750 days ago
19.

;)    

it all comes down to respect which Mr. Washington fails to have. If the shoe were on the other foot we'd see Twhatever-his-name-is being fired or diciplined in some way. We'd see Al S. on every cable news program explaining how it was a prejudice statement and now everyone wants to drop it because the victim is homosexual?

Something just doesn't seem right about this. It's like we've been sucked into the 60's except instead of black people being the target of hate it is now gays.

When will this end?

2750 days ago
20.

Monica    

I'm not sure if he should be fired but what he said was totlly unaceptable. How would people react if T.R. called Isaiah a nigger? Not cool at all....everyone would be in an uproar. They need to get past this and move on.

2750 days ago
21.

Samantha    

I don't think he deserves to be fired.

They all need to move on from it and I think they had moved on..until the people were mentioning it.. yes, he should have used a different word or just said 'I didn't call him the F' word.. but still......

MOVE ON! everyone, everyday calls someone a name.

He doesn't need to be fired over something stupid like that. jmo

2750 days ago
22.

MB    

I would like know how Mr. Washington would feel if he overheard one of his castmates calling him the "N" word? It would definitely NOT be accepted nor should what he said go without punishment.

2750 days ago
23.

NYC    

Gisele,
I have no prob. w/calling black people black. BUT some black people rather be called African-american instead of black. And how do I know this u might ask??...well, cause my BROTHER N LAW IS BLACK.! And he even says they same thing. It depends on the person!. So pls., don't speak for ALL black people.

2750 days ago
24.

BillN    

Yawn... Ordinarily I'd care... but I don't watch the corporate-controlled major networks anymore (sponsors, take note).

2750 days ago
25.

MR    

FROM NOW ON CALL ME GERMAN_AMERICAN DAMMIT!!!

2750 days ago
26.

;)    

yes everyday someone is called something, but doesn't that make everyone who stands idlely by no better than the prejudice name caller?

people who have patience for racism against anyone whether it stems from the color of a person's skin to their sexual orientation are the same people that would walk by a dying man, because someone else will assist and their time is too precious.

what a world . . .nothing has changed and that isn't acceptable to me.

2750 days ago
27.

do something about it    

SO NOW CALLING SOMEONE A N**GER IS THE SAME AS CALLING SOMEONE GAY DAMN PEOPLE ARE SOOOOO STUPID. If he wanted to throw back insults he could of called him ugly fat or anything else for that matter but why N*GGER so you see that my colored folks being black is the equvilant to being gay well atleast in white peoples eyes

2750 days ago
28.

chris    

His actions are NO DIFFERENT than those of MIchael Richards, who will never work in Hollywood again.

Folks, we can't pick and choose which minorities can be called vile names and which ones can't.

Fire the asshole!

2750 days ago
29.

gettheboysawayfromher    

No. 9 You must be colored because you sound angry from experience, listen, this is about calling him a fagget on tv, he came out backstage and said i never called him a fagget so he said it again, and all the other members were unhappy nobody was smiling
that was terrible, that is why patrick dempsey got into a fight with him
he is a big mouth, a trouble matter, and God knows whatelse he is so arogant, i dont know how those people are going to work with him, i cant stand to look at him, by the way, i am straight, and he knew exactly what he was doing.
He should be fired but they can't because they will call this racial, remembear that is how the murdaere oj got off, they made that into racial and it was not racial she was white and so was ron goldman, that was another joke.

2750 days ago
30.

cassie    

I think that T.R. Knight is acting to soft, Isaiah Washington needs to apologize and they both need to move on. I love Grey's Anatomy, but I will not watch it if Isaiah gets fired.

2750 days ago
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