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Isaiah Washington: Patrick Dempsey Made Me Use the F-word

Isaiah Washington: Patrick Dempsey Made Me Use the F-word

Isaiah Washington is blaming co-star Patrick Dempsey‘s lateness to the Grey’s Anatomy set for the “brawl” that riled Washington up enough to use a homophobic slur.

Washington spoke up about his experience on Larry King Live and explains that he “regretted not confronting Dempsey the first time he was late, so he challenged him the second time.”

On Dempsey first erupting: “He became unhinged, sprayed spittle in my face. I’m asking him why is he screaming at me. … He just becomes irate.”

On Knight claiming the slur was directed at him: “It’s a lie. He misrepresented himself.” (He says he used the term “faggot” as a synonym for “wimp”.)

On Knight lying to advance his career and to get more money: “He has been very disappointed in playing the character he has been playing. He told me that.”

On repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globe Awards: “I wish I could take that back.”

On defending his actions: “I am not homophobic – in no way, shape or form.”

Washington fought back years when King asked if any cast members had written to him. Only Sandra Oh had sent him an email…

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118 Responses to “Isaiah Washington: Patrick Dempsey Made Me Use the F-word”

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  1. 1
    natalie Says:

    Isaiah needs to MOVE THE HELL ON. Everyone else has.
    What he did was wrong. There’s no use making excuses, especially now that he’s already lost his job.

  2. 2
    lauren Says:

    he is taking this a little too far.

  3. 3
    awesome! Says:

    Self-destructive much?

    So… how long until he’s on the Surreal Life?

  4. 4
    Christina Says:

    That’s awful only Sandra wrote him an email..

  5. 5
    angie! Says:

    i feel bad for isaiah washington, this got way out of hand and was blown up, its sad that you can get fired for what you say! what happened to freedom of speech? he even did everything they told him to do afterwards….sad! but now we can all just move on i guess…

  6. 6
    just in time Says:

    he s still sexy as hell i dont no if ill keep watching now thats hes off i.mean wats going to keep this show hot cause the story lines suck wit out kristin and doctor burke….and no more juciy publicity wit out him

  7. 7
    Sweeney Says:

    I heard he said it’s because people heard a black man’s loud voice and got scared. It’s beacause people heard a loud voice using the word ****** and got pissed. he wants to make it about race instead of what a jerk he is. The only reason he can play an arrogant a-hole is because he is one, he can’t act. Hope we never have to hear from him again

  8. 8
    Amy Says:

    He did attack Dempsey, and it isn’t his job to confront another actor about being late. That’s the director’s job. It is never any actor’s job to tell another actor what to do. You just up and do your own job.

  9. 9
    ugghhhhh Says:

    Isaiah and Sandra were the most interesting couple on tv.

    A LOT of people yell on movie/tv sets. It’s very very common. At least he didn’t call Dempsy a white honkey. I am sure that Isaiah is not homophobic.

  10. 10
    kim Says:

    I believed every word he said. Things were spun in the media. He acknowledged he messed up. Its now time for IW to move to bigger things. He said his peace.

  11. 11
    ah Says:

    Sorry I don’t think of TR Knight as a leading man, I always thought of him as a supporting cast member.

    This whole thing stinks…I feel bad for Isaiah Washington esp. that TR took advantage of the situation. But things that happen in the dark usually come to light.

  12. 12
    Jae Says:

    he needs to stop playing the victim card, the race card, and the misunderstood card…grow up and get over it…I doubt that TR sabotaged him simply because he didn’t like his role. I was surprised he said he was fired because people feared a loud black man on the set especially since the show’s producer and creator is black.

    and i’m sorry but angie, people need to start getting fired and facing consequences for what they say, its about time people stop hiding behind their first amendment rights to spread hatred and negative terms towards specific minority groups. and you know if it was TR knight calling him a N***** he would be screaming about it on every news show and calling in the NAACP

  13. 13
    kc Says:

    This guy has issues with people, period. The more he talks about this, the less people want to work with him. Since he’s going to be unemployable for a while, better go write a book, “Cry Me a River: How I got shafted by a f*****”.

  14. 14
    Yari Says:

    NOW **** YOU,
    FOR WHAT CAME FROM YOUR MOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  15. 15
    ann Says:

    I dont understand why he would get fired just because he used the “f-word” I mean, people say things they don’t mean or before they think. If everyone got punished for what they said, than everyone would be fired. Im not saying that its fine he said that, but come one, what are we, 5 years old? What happened to freedom of speech?

  16. 16
    Killing Me Softly Says:

    I’m torn about the whole media frenzy over this, AND I feel that he was obviously wrong for saying what he said (twice) and it’s unfortunate that he lost his job. BUT, he chose to lose his cool and he simply needs to accept that it hurt SOME people so deeply that they cannot forgive him and that’s just LIFE. Learn from it, move on. And for all the people (including Bruce Willis) who keep mentioning that it’s sad someone can lose their job because of “what they say”…WHAT WORLD DO YOU LIVE IN? The world I live in, YES I WILL LOSE MY JOB IF I WALKED UP TO ANY CO-WORKER AND CALLED THEM A DEROGATORY NAME or physically/verbally assaulted them in ANY way. In a heartbeat, no questions asked, FIRED. I’ve worked in the corporate world for nearly 14 years, and I can confidently say I’d be fired in EACH & EVERY workplace I’ve worked in if I had an outburst like Isaiah’s. What kind of jobs do y’all have that think this is not a fact of life?

  17. 17
    myself Says:

    I feel sorry for him…Heigle and Knight (ly?) had no right airing out dirty laundry…it’s classless. None of us were there so we have no right judging who’s right or not.

  18. 18
    Madi Says:

    If a person who worked in an office strangled an employee and called that person a ******, whilst a gay person looked on, they would be fired. In the unlikely event that they weren’t fired, if that person later said in a board meeting “I called this gay guy a ******” they would surely be fired. It had nothing to do with race. This guy is an idiot and should stop crying. Suck it up and move on.

  19. 19
    Not-a-hater! Says:

    How can this idiot blame someone else for his mistake!!! And plus I doubt if that F– incidence is the only reason why he got fired, i honestly think he is very distuptive and has no respect whatsoever to the crew and his castmates! DUDE! Learn from it and move on…stop ranting ’cause it’s only making you look really bad!!!

  20. 20
    funny Says:

    everyone’s comments are SO interesting.
    i have said although am very often corrected for not being PC that saying ****** is wrong so i dont say it anymore. but sheessh i know people who say ****** and they mean that someone is a wimp. is ever person in the world suppose to be PC.
    Washington was wrong but its hard to be pc all of the time just try it for a day its really hard. half of the time i dont think people say things to be malice but they just dont think b4 they speak.
    I think its awful that he lost his job.
    Bush called people un-patriotic if they did not agree with the war isnt that wrong?
    Ann coulter called J.Edwards a ****** in a public forum is anyone mad at her has she lost her job? no she has sold more books
    That wack job on sinefield mentioned lynching people and said ****** but he did not lose his job as being a comedian and re-runs of that show still come on tv.

    Washington is angry hell he lost his employment but its not excuse for him not handling the situation properly. i say he should get his job back, but thats just me.

  21. 21
    Didi Says:


    im sorry its not my fault i have tourettes

    f*dgepacker! c*ckfag! b*tt-pirate!

    ever so’s uncontrollable

    a*se bandit!

    larry king, please help!

  22. 22
    Julia Says:

    I think this whole thing was blown out of proportion. He apologized, he went to counselling and this was right up TR’s alley. I’m not saying what he did wasn’t wrong but it’s also true that had TR called Isaiah a ******, they wouldn’t fire him and people would only say that that was inappropriate.
    As far as Dempsey and Washington feud, I think there are fights on set all the time and things throw you off if you’re a director or not and people fight with their colleagues, be it they’re famous or not. If you were working in a team with someone and he was constantly late, would you be quiet and wait for your boss to tell him it’s inappropriate? Come on, people, stop being so holier-than-thou.

  23. 23
    Stella Says:

    I agree with funny. Isiah is a very good actor (especially compared to T.R.). He does have a right to be angry because he did everything that was requested of him and he still lost his job. But if I was him I would stop talking about it. You don’t want to be seen as a complainer in Hollywood. He needs to move on and learn how to play the game. Grey’s Anatomy has only a few season left before being canceled.

  24. 24
    2985 Says:

    I think by going on Larry King he certainly didn’t help help himself…stop digging your own career grave! Maybe he thought by going on LK he would be able to explain himself better, but it backfired I think.

  25. 25
    Audrey Says:

    I agree that TR really took advantage of the situation. He hid in the closet b/c he was worried it might hurt his career. Then just b/c someone used the F word, he claimed he had no choice but to come out. That’s bullsh*t. I don’t know how one person calling another the F word during a heated argument had anything to do with him. Then, he and Heigl lashed out against Isaiah every chance they got. Personally, I think they are both annoying. I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy a long time ago. I definitely won’t watch it ever again now that the Christina/Burke relationship is over. TR was a coward. Using someone else to advance your career will come back to bit you in the ass, TR.

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