Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington breaks his silence

Guess the doctor really has left the building. On June 7, ABC Studios confirmed that Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington — whose character, Dr. Preston Burke, broke off his wedding to Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and skipped out in the May 17 finale — will not return to the show. The decision is the culmination of months of speculation after an ugly incident last fall, when Washington used the word "faggot" during an on-set disagreement with costar Patrick Dempsey, reportedly in reference to costar T.R. Knight. (The blowup prompted Knight to announce he was gay on Oct. 19.) Washington reignited the controversy by repeating the slur as part of a denial in front of reporters backstage at the Golden Globes in January.
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Isaiah Washington: Why Ellen Pompeo allegedly kept quiet about Patrick Dempsey’s ‘toxic’ behavior on Grey’s Anatomy set

Isaiah Washington isn’t happy that he’s best remembered as the actor who was fired from “Grey’s Anatomy” for allegedly using a homophobic slur on set. As Washington explains in a new, no-holds-barred interview, he was falsely accused of directing the slur at co-star T.R. Knight in 2006. Washington told Tavis Smiley on KBLA Talk 1580 radio that being portrayed as homophobic was one of the ways that people on the hit ABC medical drama tried to use him “as a scapegoat to cover up other problems on the set.”

TODAY exclusive: Isaiah Washington speaks about his 'Grey's Anatomy' firing in new book

As “Grey’s Anatomy” enters its 18th season this fall, fans of the ABC medical drama can read dramatic details about what allegedly went on behind the scenes in past seasons in a new book by Lynette Rice called “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey's Anatomy,” out Tuesday. Excerpts about Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl’s respective exits from the show have been detailed in early excerpts, and now TODAY can exclusively share another chapter titled “‘He’s Gone. I’m Free’ Or, How Isaiah Washington Brought Shame to Seattle Grace,” in which cast and crew discuss the controversial firing of the actor who brought Dr. Preston Burke to life.

Isaiah Washington with strong showing throughout spring practice

Rutgers third-year wide receiver Isaiah Washington made good use of spring practice. That culminated with the highlight of the spring game when he reached up and made a one-handed catch without breaking stride en route to a 65-yard touchdown. Washington started 11 games as a true freshman, but did not make a single start last fall. That could be changing in September.

Isaiah Washington re-emerges with star turn in Rutgers spring game

Isaiah Washington is back on track. The junior wideout was one of the stars of Rutgers’ spring game, hauling in four catches for 76 yards, including a one-handed 65-yard touchdown grab that made Sportscenter’s Top 10 at No. 2. It was an eye-opening finish to a strong spring for a player who looked like a future star as a true freshman two years ago, only to all but fall off the radar last fall.

WATCH: Isaiah Washington makes top play in Rutgers spring game

Rutgers completed spring practice last night with its annual Scarlet-White spring game inside SHI Stadium. There were a host of highlight-reel plays but none shined brighter than a one-handed grab by third-year wide receiver Isaiah Washington. In the first half of action, Washington beat a defender badly down the sideline and did not break stride even as a pass threatened to sail over his head. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver reached up and snatched the pass without breaking stride and took it into the endzone for a 65-yard touchdown.