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Isaiah Washington: "I Hope These Words Disappear"

Isaiah Washington, poster child for censorship? On an appearance on Star Jones today on Court TV, the controversial former Grey’s Anatomy actor said, “I hope everything I’ve gone through in the last eight months is not in vain. I hope that everyone gets it, on both sides of the spectrum, and that these words disappear in our vernacular.” Washington also opened up to Star Jones about how he learned about the murder of his father, also named Isaiah Washington, from the TV news when he was 13. “I knew that I was going to go on a journey to try to take that name and turn it into a positive, if I ever got a chance to go on television.” —Reporting by Marissa Klein read more

Isaiah Washington, Big Brother and More Short Cuts

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TV Guide Network's TV Watercooler reports that Isaiah Washington will (again) discuss his Grey's Anatomy exit on Star Jones' new Court TV show when it premieres Monday at 3 pm/ET.... Starting Aug. 19, Big Brother 8 fans with Verizon's V CAST Mobile service can catch live feeds from the house.... Food Network has renewed Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso for a second, 13-episode season.... Sean Kingston, Keke Palmer, Chris Kattan and Tony Hawk are among the many stars on hand for the annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day event, broadcast Saturday at 2 pm/Et and Sunday at noon, on CBS. read more

I don't get why people like ...

Question: I don't get why people like Mark are begrudging Isaiah Washington getting work. I am one of the gayest gay men you'll ever meet, and though I was really unhappy with the reports of what he said, I've also seen him apologize and do volunteer work in pro-gay PSAs. He seems sincere in his attempt at redemption, which is more than you can say for most celebrities involved in scandals of this sort. I have a big problem with him being let go from Grey's Anatomy. If they had fired him immediately, that would have made sense to me. But to fire him at the end of the season, after the effort he put into apologizing and making things right? That was nuts. Am I naive to think that Isaiah is getting another chance because Ben Silverman is listening to Washington's claims that his gay cast mate is fudging accounts of what happened? Help me understand: Why do so many folks not want to see him on TV anymore? Answer: To be honest, I think what rattled so many cages was the speed with which ... read more

If I didn't watch anything ...

Question: If I didn't watch anything that had actors whose personal beliefs do not match mine or whose public behavior is outrageous at times, I'd have to give my TV away and never darken the door of a movie theater again. I'm against abortion, against drunken public displays and against porn and public obscenity; obviously a large percentage of celebrities don't agree with my beliefs. I watch the shows I watch in order to be entertained. I don't judge the personal beliefs of the actors ('cause heck, they are acting). And I'm guessing actors don't judge their viewers' personal lives either, because as long as we keep watching, they're still employed. Mark is entitled to not watch anything he doesn't want to watch for whatever reason, but he can't outvote 100 million viewers who make choices every day. But he sure did go on and on, didn't he, about Isaiah Washington? (And you sure gave him a forum.) He should dissect all actors that way; he'd end up in a monastery — a TV-less one at ... read more

Shonda Rhimes Breaks Her Silence About Isaiah!

I think that sneaky Shonda Rhimes tried to escape! Immediately following the press-tour panel for Private Practice, Rhimes — while stepping down from the dais — attempted to duck backstage before the gaggle stampede could swallow her up. There was just one problem: There was no backstage for her to head to. The black curtain she tried to penetrate was actually covering a wall. There was no way out. As a result, she was forced to answer direct questions about a topic that she has thus far been able to avoid: Isaiahgate. (For the record, an ABC rep denies that Rhimes was trying to flee the scene, insisting she was merely unsure where she was supposed to go.) In any event, I gotta give her credit. Once she realized that her back was quite literally to the wall, she handled the interrogation with candor and grace. How difficult was it for you to let Isaiah go, on a personal level?Shonda Rhimes: It wasn't. It was a decision that was a long time coming, and it felt like it was... read more

ABC Exec Calls New NBC Prez "Stupid"

ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson says his counterpart at NBC, Ben Silverman, was either "clueless or stupid" in his remarks about hiring Isaiah Washington for a role on Bionic Woman.Silverman, in one of his first acts as the new co-chairman of NBC's entertainment division, swooped up Washington for a six-episode stint on his network's new series after ABC decided not to keep the actor on Grey's Anatomy. ABC's decision was largely based on Washington's on-set use of a homophobic slur towards cast member T.R. Knight last October, which he repeated in front of the press at the Golden Globe Awards.Silverman told reporters at his July 16 session with the Television Critics Association that he had begun talking with Washington "before he became available" and said he was shocked when ABC decided to let him go. "When he told me he was available I was like, 'You are? Wait, I don't understand. What do you mean? You're a huge star on a hit television show.'" he said. "I don't qui... read more

ABC Exec Calls NBC "Clueless or Stupid" About Isaiah

Isaiah Washington by Jesse Grant/Wireimage.com

ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson says his counterpart at NBC, Ben Silverman, was either "clueless or stupid" in his remarks about hiring Isaiah Washington for a role on Bionic Woman.Silverman, in one of his first acts as the new cochairman of NBC's entertainment division, swooped up Washington for a six-episode stint on his network's new series after ABC decided not to keep the actor on Grey's Anatomy. ABC's decision was largely based on Washington's on-set use of a homophobic slur towards cast member T.R. Knight last October, which he repeated in front of the press at the Golden Globe Awards.Silverman told reporters at his July 16 session with the Television Critics Association that he had begun talking with Washington "before he became available" and said he was shocked when ABC decided to let him go. "When he told me he was available I was like, 'You are? Wait, I don't understand. What do you mean? You're a huge star on a star television show.'" he said. "I don't qui... read more

ABC at TCA: Lost in Translation

Peter Krause by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Get lost, ABC. That was the hostile undercurrent behind much of the questioning for ABC's entertainment president Stephen McPherson Wednesday morning. We critics can be a surly group, especially this late in the TCA press tour. (ABC has the bad luck to be up to bat on the final two days of the three-week hype-a-thon.) But give us something legitimate to gripe about — in this case, the decision by Lost's producers to skip the TCA and instead address the game-changing events behind Lost's cliff-hanger at the Comic-Con fan convention in San Diego on Thursday — and you'd better watch out.One reporter even put it this way: “Are we not important enough for you?” At first, McPherson tried to shrug it off with a joke, saying that he has hired Don Imus — fired earlier this year from his radio and TV gigs for a racial slur — to join the show. (This was the closest he or anyone else came to addressing the Isaiah Washington/Grey’s Anatomy debacle during his of... read more

I was becoming increasingly ...

Isaiah Washington

Question: I was becoming increasingly excited for the new Bionic Woman series. I was a latecomer to Battlestar Galactica and was looking forward to coming into one of executive producer David Eick's "reimaginings" at the beginning. But the news that Isaiah Washington has been cast in a recurring role on the series means I will not be watching. Period. While I acknowledge that Washington is a talented actor, his now-admitted behavior on the set of Grey's Anatomy — as well as his ridiculous press tour trying to paint T.R. Knight as a gay Machiavelli hell-bent on keeping Washington down — showed that he is not only a bigot but also a ridiculous blowhard and possibly insane. I can't watch the man on screen anymore. And since I don't have a history with BW like I do with Grey's, not watching the show is going to be rather easy. I don't see a character when I see Washington on screen now: I see a dangerous loon with no sense of personal responsibility. He takes me out of the moment ... read more

Isaiah's Bionic Makeover, and Other Random Thoughts

• The paparazzi seem to have two new obsessions: Sarah Michelle Gellar, and celebrities with dogs. What begat either of 'em? No offense to Buffy at all, but it's as if they just this past week "discovered" her, or did she suddenly recover from agoraphobia? And Heigl with a dog, Paris with a dog, Duff with a dog.... Do the paps carry a spare Chihuahua in their film bag? • Knock me over with a feather, the Hairspray movie remake/redo/reimagining is getting some 4-star raves, including from the Post. Never underestimate the power of a luminous Michelle Pfeiffer.• Drew is the frontrunner! Ian is the fave! Don't count out Steines! I grow more and more convinced that the person who should ultimately "win" the Price Is Right gig is the overzealous publicist whose leaks helped get him there.• Does Posh ever crack a smile? Sexy gal, but... ever? UPDATE: I have since read that Mrs. Beckham thinks she looks "dorky" when she smiles, and thus (steadfastly) sticks to the "Posh... read more

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