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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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Aaron    

Hey straight man. who hurt you and told you that you were bent? know your type talk that - - - - and got a man!!!!!!!!! undercover sucker.

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Lauren Bankole    

To straight man and Gisele:

First of all I am a black bitch!, I was not born in Africa nor any of my relatives, so I am not African-American! I am black and can be a bitch sometimes, but not tonight. I'm feeling very serene and zen!

My point was that how would you like to be called a derogatory (in society) name. Us black people (or African-American) don't like to be called niggers by others, we of course, are fully entitled to call ourselves that (???? why, I don't know????), so don't call other people names (like the one he used to described a gay man, or the names I am being called). Karma is a bitch, baby...watch out its coming for you.
My point is made by the name calling that is going on in this thread.

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48.

HarleyJew    

Why is it that something tells me if the situation were reversed and Washington was called a nigger twice (or if gays say outed, I would call using that term 'being Richarded'), Al Sharpton and the other opportunistic cowards who hide behind the term 'Reverend' would be commenting and bitching and forming protests and marches and boycotts.
Can't we all just get along. Apparently not.

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george vieto    

Well excuse moi. I'll never ever say that nasty word again. Even by acccident. Wink wink.

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MX    

Washington needs to be made an example of his untolerable behavioir by getting fired. It is not ok for a black man/woman to humiliate a non-black by using derrogatory, sexist or racist language against him/her and the worst lied on tv and at the globes. Just like other non-blacks have been held responsible and accountable for their actions l(eq MIchael Richards) when using this kind of language to address a black man/woman.

It is time to do the right thing.

2747 days ago
51.

JoyG    

If ABC fires Washington for his offensive remarks, they should also fire Rosie for her daily offensive remarks.

2747 days ago
52.

let's be safe    

He has apologized. Geesh. LET IT GO. Hopefully, he'll be more sensitive in the future, but that's certainly no reason to lose a job, for crying out loud. How many of you calling for his firing have never in your life uttered a slur?? And because you made a mistake while you were NOT on the job, you should be fired? That's crazy.

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william earl james    

we all work with gay people is this the way you talk about your coworker if it is then we are far worst off then i ever thought.

2747 days ago
54.

spundane    

I think it's in the constitution if I'm not mistaken. Yeah that part where it's a person right to suck on bannanas and eat pies. Yeah I thought I read it some where.

I think there are bigger problems out there to worry about.

2747 days ago
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PJ    

Sorry Gisele, but saying he used the "F" word in anger only applies to the first time he used the word on the set of Grey's Anatomy. What was his excuse for the second time, after the Golden Awards Show, when he should have been happy and celebrating the success of the show??

2747 days ago
56.

sue    

Let's face it all the actors are replacable....except for Pat.D.

2747 days ago
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Torshion Bar    

Castrate the bastard, cut out his tongue, tar and feather him, hang him, do what must be done. Lord knows calling a spade a spade is not permitted in the modern world.

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SICK IGNORANCE    

#7 Lauren

If you are a black women your ancestors came from Africa. That makes you a African American. If you were to fill a employment application it would ask what nationality you are. And you would put African American. Don't be ashame that your roots are from Africa. Be proud. All these nasty comments that these biggots have on here about Washington are so sad. But the people that are using them just wants attention and need to grow up. And I feel really sorry for them. Yes, Washington was WRONG for calling this man a name. It's childish. Does he deserves to be fired. NO! Just remember people. There are Blacks, Whites, Yellow, Red, and Brown, (and what other color) people that are fighting for your freedom and losing their lifes in Irag. This is all stupid shit. Washington needs to shut his mouth and Knight needs to grow some thick skin. Maybe it was good this all happen. Now he is out of the closet.

2747 days ago
59.

alan    

This idiot's comment is just one of the reasons why we have wars, violence and hatred in our world. It must have made you feel really great to post something like this. Let's hope you don't re-produce. By the way I am as heterosexual as they come and the term "straight-man" is usually used by men who themselves have not come out of the closet. Think about it buddy.

13. If TJ does not want to be called a faggot, then he should stop sucking d**k and taking it up the ass. He's lucky then even give fags jobs in the first place, much less put them on tv in starring roles. The only good faggot is a dead faggot. Go Isaiah Washington.............you rock!

Posted at 5:26PM on Jan 18th 2007 by Straight-Man

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60.

ben    

who is the immature person who wrote "should have used the words fudge packer instead?" while i'd like to think they're 12, unfortunately they're probably not.

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