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This Just In: Grey's Creator Breaks Her Silence!

Perhaps bowing to mounting pressure, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has uttered her first words regarding Isaiahgate via this just-released statement: "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’ve been working within the Grey’s family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues.We appreciate the support the fans have always given our show, particularly during this stressful time. Creatively, we continue to strive to make the best ... read more

You've been stingy with ...

Question: You've been stingy with Gilmore Girls scoop lately. Tell the truth: Is it because you got in trouble after Whispergate?


Answer: Me? In trouble? Pshaw. Next to Isaiah Washington's Golden Globes meltdown, Whispergate was the best thing to happen to my career. I thank the gods every day for giving me the gift of Whispergate. Heck, if it wasn't for all the increased visibility that Whispergate brought me, a heavily imbedded Gilmore Girls source probably wouldn't have come up to me at press tour and revealed that (Massive spoiler alert) David Rosenthal is seriously considering ending the season (or series?) with Lorelai and Luke not only married but expecting a baby. Which leads me to my next piec read more

GLAAD Meets with Isaiah: "He Seemed Very Sincere"

"He seemed very sincere in his interest in working with us on an ongoing basis.... This is a very good first step toward him showing he really wants to do something." That's the takeaway from Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, who with GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano met with disgraced Anatomy star Isaiah Washington on Monday — ironically, the start of GLSEN's "No Name-calling Week" campaign. Jennings tells the Associated Press that Washington would like to "use his various platforms to educate people about how painful and wrong" spewing such slurs as the one he lobbed at cast mate T.R. Knight can be. Anyone else sensing "a very special episode" of Grey's on the horizon? "Dr. Burke faces a crisis of conscience as he debates performing emergency roadside surgery on a man who just moments earlier called him a racial epithet." read more

Grey's Update: Isaiah Fires Publicist!

In the first clear sign that Isaiah Washington hasn't gone completely bonkers, sources confirm that the embattled, F-bomb-droppin' Grey's Anatomy doc has fired his longtime publicist and retained 42 West's Allan Mayer and Kelly Mullens, both of whom have a background in crisis situations. (Mayer has reportedly handled such scandal-prone celebs as R Kelly, Tommy Lee and Paula Poundstone.) Meanwhile, Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes is facing increasing pressure to publicly denounce Washington's behavior. She's slated to attend tonight's Producers Guild Awards, but a source close to the show says it's doubtful she'll be doing any press. Finally, insiders say ABC has yet to decide what form Washington's punishment will take, but a source says everything is being "considered and weighed" — including him being fired.Now, in totally unrelated news, thanks for all the congratulatory e-mails regarding Keri's pregnancy. We're putting the finishing touches on our official statement, but it g... read more

In Praise of Dwight Schrute

Now there's a line I never imagined I'd find myself typing: "In Praise of Dwight Schrute." Before I explain further, can I just say: How awesome are Thursday nights this season?This week, I truly needed escapism (I have a number of friends who are directly affected by the Time Inc. cutbacks that were announced Thursday, a very sad development for a very battered business), so I opted to watch the ABC lineup in more or less real time, and was richly rewarded.First, Ugly Betty. Sheer delight. Couldn't be happier for its, and America Ferrera's, Golden Globe wins. In especially fine form this week: Becki Newton as Amanda, who's a scintillating hoot even when she's manipulated into planning treachery against Daniel or calling our Betty a "stumpy troll." I also love how Betty is introducing Daniel to the finer things in life, like slices (although that looked like a full pizza) at the corner parlor and, gulp, karaoke. Took the sour taste of this week's American Idol auditions right out of... read more

Match.contrite: GLAAD Makes a Date with Isaiah

In light of Thursday evening's mea culpa from Isaiah Washington, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano has released the following: "We are encouraged by Isaiah Washington's statement, and optimistic that it may mark a turning point in this deeply troubling situation. His acknowledgement of his actions — and of the hurt and harm his actions have caused — is an important first step toward healing his relationships with his cast mates, his fans, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "Mr. Washington has scheduled a meeting with us for early next week" — likely Monday, TVGuide.com has learned — "and we look forward to exploring opportunities for moving forward together and healing some of the wounds of the past four months."Next stop for Mr. Washington: Waxing regretful for Barbara? Diane? Oprah? Menounos?In related news, the Ausiello Report has out actor Neil Patrick Harris' reaction to the entire brouhaha. read more

January 18, 2007: Six Days, Part 2

How many of you were a complete mess while watching this episode, like I was? Out. Of. Control. Hey — it's not a shocker when Grey's Anatomy makes you cry — I'm used to getting teary-eyed at least once per episode. But multiple times throughout the hour — that only happens once or twice per season for me. Wow. Can someone please give T.R. Knight an Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG nomination? To the best of my knowledge, he has never been individually nominated for any TV acting award, and after tonight, he's due. He had so many award-worthy scenes, starting with the moment when George figured out that Webber and Bailey had abided by Mr. O'Malley's wishes and given him the surgery, even after seeing that his cancer had spread. "He didn't know any better! You knew better!" Then, I lost it again when George spoke to his on-life-support father and admitted to lying to him as a child, apologized and asked him to "fight a little harder — that'd be good" and then kissed him. ... read more

Neil Patrick Harris on Grey's Flap: "It's Disappointing"

Just getting back from CBS' press-tour bash, where Neil Patrick Harris weighed in on — what else? — Grey's-gate. "T.R. has proven himself to be an incredibly classy, dignified guy," he told me. "I'm impressed that Katherine Heigl said what she said. I was shocked that it all reared its ugly head again."Harris — who came out just weeks after Knight — wouldn't comment on what form Washington's "punishment" should take. "It's impossible for me to make any kind of comment about that because I wasn't there when it happened. It's just disappointing that it's... cyclical." Meanwhile, the word from the Grey's set is that Washington's problems extend far beyond his affinity for a certain derogatory F-word. Per a source, his behavior has been so "inappropriate and offensive" for so long that producers have often been forced to intervene. And Washington's mea culpa may be too little, too late. A separate source at Grey's suggests that while Washington is sure to receive the... read more

Isaiah Washington: "I Can Neither Defend nor Explain My Behavior"

Only three hours after ABC sent forth its stern verbal scolding of Isaiah Washington's behavior, the Grey's Anatomy star issued the following statement:"I apologize to T.R. [Knight], my colleagues, the fans of the show, and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on Grey’s Anatomy. I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help."I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I’ve hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in perso... read more

Isaiah Washington Speaks: "I've Asked for Help"

And the plot thickens. Isaiah Washington just released the following statement: "I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show, and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on Grey's Anatomy. I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help. "I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I've hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I’ve opened."T.R.'s courage th... read more

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