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Isaiah the Coward

1/19/2007 4:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Isaiah WashingtonIsaiah Washington apologized to everyone in the world for using the word "faggot," but he never made it clear if he had, in fact, hurled the insult at T.R. Knight during a physical fight with "Grey's" co-star Patrick Dempsey.

You'll recall that last October, Washington allegedly exploded at Dempsey and said, "I'm not your little faggot like T.R."

At the Globes on Monday, Isaiah finally responded and said he never used the word "faggot." That comment drew lots of criticism and now Washington has said he's sorry. What he actually said was, "By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone..." So, he's sorry he said it Monday night. But what about that incident on the set? Is he saying he lied when he claimed he never used the word "faggot" on the set? And, by the way, what does Washington mean when he says "By repeating the word" faggot? Is he acknowledging the lie when he said he never used the word?

All morning, TMZ called multiple people from Washington's camp, and from "Grey's" to get some clarity. Radio silence. No one will comment.

The one thing we can say... what a wuss for not taking his medicine like a man.

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Buster    

He should have said, " I never called him a fudge packer".

2841 days ago
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Tee    

You know what, the man apologized and people are still harping on him. Now it is the way he said I am sorry. OK, so he is a homophobe--there are people in the world who are, just like there are people in this world who don't like other races, there are other people in world who do not agree with other wearing fur. Even if someone disagrees with what they are thinking, doing, or leading their prospective lives, it is their right to feel the way that they want to. No one can force him to love or agree with the gay lifestyle. And before anyone on this blog, begins to say that I am a homophobe, my very bestest friend in the whole wide world is gay. She to me is still the same, just lives her life differently from mine and no I would never refer to her as a derogatory name--nor would I let anyone else. To me she will always be that girl that I went out and partied with growing up. Asking people to cut off another person's livelihood is wrong. How would you like it if someone started a petition to get you fired, how would you like it. Instead of concentrating on this, why not try to think about poverty, homelessness, world AIDS epidemic, the war in Iraq, world hunger. These are just a few important things that needs to be addressed as opposed to worrying about whether someone is a homophobe. Please please find something more constructive to do with your time. I know what others are going to say..trying to uplift the gay community is something constructive, but really people are going to talk about you for the rest of your lives, who cares what they say, it only counts what you and the others that love thinks.

2841 days ago
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Wicked    

TR is a faggot...get over it homo's. Good luck to you Isaiah.

2841 days ago
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SICK IGNORANCE    

Gee TMZ let's get over this already. He doesn't like Homo's. Okay, A lot of people don't like them.. But let's get on with something or someone else. The two should sit down and make mends and go on with their life. It will happen again and again. People call each other names all the time. Losing his job is not going to solve this problem. If he said it to his face that would be one thing. Let's get on with life

2841 days ago
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d-man    

the wise old owl.......that is not what you said last night on the board....is this the real wise old owl or are you changing your story???

2841 days ago
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upset about it all    

wow, Tee. you are an IDIOT. maybe back when schools were segregated we should have just kept it that way, because there's some people who will always hate black people.

FACT: If someone had called Isiah the "N" word, the fit would be hitting the shan MUCH worse than this.

2841 days ago
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matt    

man... when someone gets upset (or a non politically correct way of saying, "pissed off.") you are often going to respond with some derogatory remark... whether it is the middle finger, the "N" word, it is just what people do. okay, maybe you should apologize for the response, but i think it should also be put into prospective... when we get upset we are often gonna strike out at the person or group that upset us, and in that process we almost always will find a derogatory statement to say or gesture to make... then you let the media get a hold of it and before you know some minority group is upset... if when go back and find the original offence, we might then find a bit more balance in how people react... ask Rodney King why he took a beating...

2841 days ago
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rethema macon    

I FEEL THAT THE MEDIA IS OVER PLAYING THIS SOTRY FOR ALL IT IS WORTH!!!! GEEZ LOUISE LET IT GO, IT IS NOT LIKE HE HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE TO BLAST T.R. KNIGHT AND THE GAY/ AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE . HE WAS ASKED A DUMB ASS QUESTION AND GAVE A DUMB ASS ANSWER HE SHOULD OF USED ANOTHER TERM IN HIS RESPONSE DO I THINK HE SHOULD LOSE HIS JOB OR THE GAY COMMUNITY OR ANOTHER SHOULD BOYCOTT THE SHOW IS OVER REACHING HERE.
IF ISAIAH HAD CHOSE TO SAY NO COMMENT THEN THEY WOULD HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT BUT YES HE SHOULD OF BEEN MORE TACTFUL IN THE RESPONSE BUT HE SPONDED TO A DUMB ASS QUESTION AND I LOVE HIM ON GREY AND THEY DO NOT NEED TO FIRE HIM. AND PLEASE LETS MOVE ON HERE, THEY SEEM TO THINK ISAIAH WILL BE THE SOUND BITE TO HAVE SO HE FELL ONTO THAT SWORD HIMSELF AND SOMETHINGS DO NOT NEED TO A RESPONSE AND ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR STATEMENTS NEED TO BE NO COMMENT AND THE MEDIA SHOULD LET IT GO. PERIOD .

TMZ LEAVE ISAIAH WASHINGTON ALONE
STORY AFTER STORY OF THIS MAN IS WHAT IT FEEDS THE WHOLE HOMOPHOBE ATMOSPHERE AND POLL AFTER POLL OF WHAT :
BLACK VS. GAY HEADLINES I HOPE YOU ALL DON'T MISS MUCH SLEEP IN THE BLACK VS. GAY STORIES YOU FEED EVERYDAY MANY OF US ARE SICK OF IT AND PEREZHILTON WE KNOW YOUR AGENDA IF YOU LIKE GREY WATCH IT IF NOT SHUT UP

2841 days ago
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DeLayne    

Fire the a**hole! NOW!

2841 days ago
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Great Dane    

i think the idea, to make his charactor GAY....is an awesome idea.....I'd love to see him bent over, getting duked in the ass.....on Grey's Anatomy.....I think that would make a lot of people feel "better" about his disregard for the respect he should be showing the gay community.......

I bet Michael Richards would have sex with Halle B., Monter Ball Style....for some "forgiveness".....

2841 days ago
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rethema macon    

AND THE HEADLINE ISAIAH THE COWARD WOW THAT IS SHOWING HOW MUCH COURAGE YOU HAVE YOU SHOULD REALLY FEEL SO PROUD TO CALL HIM A COWARD VIA THE INTERNET.

YET YOU DEMONIZE HIM FOR WHAT NAME CALLING TALK ABOUT THE POT CALL THE KETTLE.

AS TOM STATED MAYBE HE SHOULD OF CALLED HIM A FUDGEPACKER, POLE SHINER. OR WHATEVER MORE OFFENSIVE TERM WOULD THAT HAVE WET YOUR APPETITE OF HOMOPHOBE AND HE USED THE TERM HE WAS ACCUSED OF USING HERE HE DID NOT USE A NEW ONE OR MAKE UP ONE OR USE ONE THAT WAS MORE POLITICALLY CORRECT HE USED THE ONE HE WAS ACCUSED OF USING SO WHAT, YOU LCLEAR UP WHAT WAS USED NOT WHAT YOU WOULD OF LIKE TO HAVE SAID.

FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT LIKE ISAIAH WASHINGTON NOTHING HE WOULD OF SAID WOULD BE SUFFICIENT OTHER THAN FIRING HIM AND TAKING HIM AND HIS CHARACTER OFF GREY AND I HOPE THE CREATOR OF THE SHOW DON'T NOT FALL TO THE PRESSURE OF DOING OTHERWISE

2841 days ago
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Tee    

Wow Tee is a moron you sure have alot of very intelligent things to say. If Mr. Washington had said the N word, I would denouce him as well. But the fact that you have to resort to name calling goes to show how mature and intelligent you are. It is because of people like you that keeps stupid stuff like this going.

2841 days ago
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rethema macon    

TALK ABOUT MAKING HIS CHARACTER GAY IS SO STUPID T.R. KNIGHT IS THE GAY ONE HERE. I DON'T HERE NO CALLS FOR HIS CHARACTER TO BE GAY ALTHOUGH IT IS OBVIOUS HE DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE WITH A WOMAN, LOOK AT HOW IS CHARACTER IS AROUND KALLIE AND HE REALLY SEEMS UNCOMFORTABLE AND NOW WE KNOW HE IS GAY THAT IS WHY.

HE IS THE ONE WHO THEY NEED TO MAKE GAY ON THE SHOW.
IF THEY MADE ISAIAH CHARACTER DR.BURKE GAY IT WOULD BE A SICK TWISTED JOKE, GREY ANATOMY IS A DRAMA NOT A COMEDY!!!!!!!!!!!

2841 days ago
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Jennifer    

I believe he apologized because he didn't want to get fired, and I'm sure he was very close to getting his pink slip by Disney/ABC. But once someone apologizes does the press have to take polls and tear apart every word the person said to make sure he meant it? I don't think it was right of him to say this, but on the other hand probably most of us have said something in anger to our peers or family, or thought the words. The only difference is we don't have the press following our every word.

2841 days ago
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Maureen    

So Isaiah called a fag a "faggot." SO WHAT?! Now those ignorant people who are trying to equate "faggot" with "nigger" are quite stupid. Isaiah's race and color are what he was born with. It's irreversible. T.R., however, has chosen to be a fag. If he can't handle hearing the word "faggot" then he's in the wrong profession. The longer he whimpers and whines like a sissy and needs a big blonde girl to defend him, the more he'll be viewed as a "faggot." I'm sick of his character anyway. He stammers, he's weak, and last night's episode sucked because it revolved around him so much. Let's go back to the quality of seasons 1 and 2 where George only got a few minutes of air time. Like it or not, Isaiah is a main character. I was never much of a fan of Isaiah's before, but I like him more knowing that he's not of the stereotypical homo-loving bunch.

2841 days ago
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