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"Grey's" Creator: Isaiah Insulted Everyone

1/24/2007 4:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Isaiah WashingtonMoments after reports circulated that Isaiah Washington went into therapy, "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shondra Rhimes weighed in with a statement which sounds like she's hedging her bets on her embattled star:

"I speak for all the executive producers here at 'Grey's Anatomy' when I say that Isaiah Washington's use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference ... We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues."

What Rhimes didn't mention, was whether Washington would be fired or not. TMZ spies in high places in the production of "Grey's Anatomy" say Washington's fate will be determined by ratings, not moral outrage -- namely, whether his presence helps or hurts the show.

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Robert Lee Arbuckle    

It's my belief that any comment about sexual slurs and/or touching, racial, religion, ethics or any one's sexual persuasion is wrong. At least that was taught to me at College about the work place! So yes he needs behavioral training and yes they do have classes for that reason!

2712 days ago
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Kathy Hutchins    

Get over it already? Isn't that the mantra of most 'people' when things concern other groups. So he used the word, big deal. Its no more than what they call themselves. If you don't want to be picked on or made fun of, don't tell anybody who will listen who the hell is in your bedroom! He's a great actor, a wonderful addition to the show and all of you thought so until he said one word. One word does not change anything. It doesn't take anything away from the show or his acting abilities. If you don't want people to know you are gay, don't throw it out there. People have strong feelings about this, but I doubt anybody would be so bent out of shape about this if say Mel Gibson or Michael Richards had said it or dare I say any white actor!

2711 days ago
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Freakhater    

Is this the new trend now with these mouthy celebs, just check into rehab and that will make everything alright?? Any sign of trouble because of their actions and they go into rehab, what a crock of crap. IT'S NOT WORKING!!! Let's see if Rachel Ray goes to rehab because of her supposed racial remark about Oprah!
Can't we all just get along????

2739 days ago
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LAchick    


Rehab? there is rehab for being angry and using hateful words? Wait I got a list of folks who need to join him...
I haven't read he is going to rehab here......is that true?

2739 days ago
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Me    

Rehab? I wasn't aware they had Racial Rehab. What's next ? When you call someone stupid, they send you to Manner Rehab? Is there a 12 step program for it? Is there going to be a rehab every time a celebrity says or does something dumb? There won't be any celebrities left in Hollywood!

2739 days ago
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Warren    

So where is this rehab you go to for being closed mind and bigoted? Does he have some substance issue??? I don;t get it

2739 days ago
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racer    

Rehab? For what? Being an a$$hole? What a friggin joke 'rehab' has become. And how stupid are the american people if they actually fall for this crap over and over?! Oh yeah, VERY stupid since they voted the moron king into the presidency TWICE!!

2739 days ago
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Geegee    


Isaiah Has messed up big time.So he has to pay for all this negative attention he has brought on himself.When it comes to the show I hope they don't fire him the story line is way to stong for him to go.They better have something good up their seleves if they decided to can him.Isaiah what goes up must come down.

2739 days ago
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likeicare    

rehab for what?

2739 days ago
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KG    

So, if you're an a-hole, check into rehab? I didn't know they had rehabs for bigotry?

2739 days ago
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Reality Check    

It's more the trend to screw up, offend everybody, and then speak to the 'leaders' of the community most likely to be offended, as though that somehow makes it okay. I signed the petition for this person to be fired and I will do it again. In a business, in an office, in a place with even an ounce of professionalism, such antagonistic and inappropriate behavior would and should result in an immediate termination of employment. The same should be true for Washington, regardless of his public display of both denial and repentance.

2739 days ago
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Laura    

I can't stand this ignorant jerk. And what makes it even more interesting is that he is black. It's ok for the blacks to cry when supposed racial slurs are made, but they are able to go around saying what they want about people.
This guy should be replaced. His character on Grey's sucks anyhow. He's an arrogant buttwad.

2739 days ago
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Wicked    

OMG...now there is a treatment center for people who use the term 'faggot'...give me a friggin break

2739 days ago
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Jennifer    

Whats he in rehab for???You can't change a persons personality, what ,so after 30 days he won't be a smug,arrogant,mean,angry asshole???

2739 days ago
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Laura    

Geegee:
His story line can still go on. He is not irreplaceable.
There's plenty of black actors that could take his place.

2739 days ago
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