Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey by Karen Neal/ABC
Sorry, Heigl: he's still not not speaking. Though
says he is "trying real hard not to incite an unnecessary war" among his former
cast mates, he has given a new interview in which he propels a claim that
is as much to blame for the aftermath of the October 9 on-set fracas. Washington even says that no less than "McDreamy" would concur. Positing that Knight had been "very tactical" in seeking to get Washington - if not
, as well - off the ABC drama, Washington tells gay-rights activist/BET host
, "I know Patrick Dempsey has supported me by stating that if there is anyone that needs to be fired, it is T.R. Knight, because he has created such a negative environment on the set." (Dempsey's publicist has not yet responded to TVGuide.com's requests for comment.)
At the crux of Knight's alleged campaign is a feeling that "he has not been treated and given the same 'leading man' kinds of story lines" as his peers playing Burke and Derek, that "[George] was being treated very caricature-ish and dopey," says Washington. Empowered by his costar's semi-private (and then very public) use of the F-word, Knight leveraged his bosses into beefing up his role. Says Washington, "That's why you see his character changing so significantly," becoming this "uber he-man that's sleeping with everyone."
Washington says that
brass "are not happy" about Knight's alleged tactics, and "think that something has gone awfully awry with [T.R.'s] stability." "I can freely say this now, because I am no longer a Disney employee and I am no longer gagged," Washington says. "Everyone [from] the producers all the way up to [the studio] is very disappointed in the behavior of T.R. Knight."
Do you believe there is any truth to the story that T.R. Knight used the F-word incident to get his role beefed up?