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 television we can with the hope that our show reflects the talent, hard work and professionalism of our cast and crew."

Coincidentally, Washington also put out a statement today, in which he essentially announces that he is, um, seeing a shrink:

"With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity, and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally."

Life & Style, meanwhile, claims Washington is also undergoing a psychological assessment at the urging of ABC.

Long story short? Sounds to me like Isaiah's keeping his job - for now, at least.

Thoughts?