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T.R. Knight Covers Entertainment Weekly

T.R. Knight Covers Entertainment Weekly

T.R. Knight takes the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly and explains the gradual “breakdown of communication” between himself and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Here’s what the 36-year-old actor shared:

On why he left the hit medical drama: “My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about my character George]. And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that.”

On Shonda discouraging T.R. from coming out of the closet during the Isaiah Washington controversy: “I think she was concerned about having my statement come out so close to the [initial] event.” (Shonda denies this: “I said, ‘If you want to come out, that’s awesome.’”

On walking away from a $14 million contract: “From an outsider’s perspective, I get the [impression that] ‘He’s just a spoiled actor…he doesn’t know how good he has it.’ There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work.”

Check out T.R.‘s first official statement about leaving Grey’s here. He’ll be performing on Broadway next year.

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LolaSvelt @ 07/23/2009 at 4:45 pm

Christ, he’s annoying.

@anon: Agreed!

I really hope they don’t kill off George. I’m sure there would be backlash, but it would be so daring if they recast his role with a better, more convincing actor. They could give him a chance to start over, since George was severely disfigured in the finale.

On a side note, I really don’t like how they handled Callie’s character. I like Callie and George together and was sickened by Gizzie. Now that Rhimes decided to make her a lesbian there’s no going back :(

good riddance you big crybaby and stop using Gray’s for publicity…i don’t believe a word he says and can’t believe i you to love this guy…urrr!

Good luck T.R.!

He’s creepy.

Cheers to him. You can’t spend your time doing something your heart isn’t in anymore, especially if you really don’t have to. Sure, GA made him famous, but it’s clearly no longer working and he’s ready to make a change in his life. Wish him the best.

What’s with all the b*tchy comments? If you like him, fine. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But he’s hardly annoying. It’s not like he’s Britney Spears and thrown in front of your face all the time, so what’s with all the b*tching? My guess is these comments are coming from a bunch of anti-gay idiots.

@jake: the tabs don’t care about folks like Meryl, that’s why you don’t see her. but you can bet that she goes out wherever she wants when she wants. also, you are still a disgusting homophobic pig.

@Al: he’s actually doing the show a favor, which is probably why the bosses didn’t try to convince him too hard to say. Stars on tv shows are on a contract where they are paid for all episodes produced whether they appear or not. in return they can’t do any other jobs unless the boss approves it. by cutting him, appropriate since the writers seem to be at a loss for what to do with the character, the show just saved $14mil from the budget. they can hire someone else at a lower rate, use guest stars or just do nothing about replacing him and still save a lot

@ha: you might be right and he’s a terrible actor that won’t get another job. then again, he’s already got one play going in New York and another one set for after that. maybe he will be happy doing plays and stick with it. but he certainly wasn’t showing any acting skills this past season, so why not leave and try something else. not getting hired isn’t much below what he had going on the show

@t.r was gay from the beginning: when did he ever pretend he wasn’t gay. not parading around like Perez ‘I think I’m better than I really am” Hilton doesn’t mean pretending to be straight. TR just exercised his right to some privacy and said nothing. until Mr Washington’s nasty behavior outed him and then he confirmed it cause what was the point in saying ‘no comment’

@marie: no marie, he couldn’t. as I mentioned before, being a star on a show means you do no other work during the shows filming. not unless the boss says okay and short of a commercial that films in one day, they won’t cause they claim they never know when they might need the actor.

Men should not have sex with other men.

Oh G_d..who cares..never watched the show and wouldn’t know who the guy is if I came face to face to him…! Another self-absorbed actor who takes himself way too seriously. Shut up and act!

He is ridiculous. His character does not need to be gay. Its called ACTING. For the love of god, because she wanted his character George to remain straight, he was angry.

hey @ 07/23/2009 at 9:12 pm Men should not have sex with other men
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I bet he’s getting more than you ever would from a man OR woman.

What an ungrateful liar. I believe Shonda. This guy being gay was no big secret. They fired Isaiah what else did he want. Isaiah was a 1000x better actor than he can ever hope to be. He has every reason to lie. To make Shonda look bad and he gets simpathy and silly women and gays believing his lies. What a complete waste. I hope he ends up nowhere which is where he belongs. I wouldn’t spend 2 cents to se any play, movie or TV show he is in.

On his acting ability, I felt he didn’t measure up to the popularity of the show. His acting was sub-mediocre. Just being honest.

I thought this was the year 2009. Seems more like 1959 on this webstie. The man deserves a life. All you little homophoes go back into your church now and yell hallelujah. I’m sure Mr. Knight doesn’t care about your poor uneducated little minds. He will be making tons of money on brodadway and other shows when Grey’s Anatomy is dissected and left on the cutting floor.

Cleo2u1964 @ 07/24/2009 at 10:13 am

@t.r was gay from the beginning:

Kind of hard to have a main male character on the show come out as gay in real life when you’re trying to make them into a “player” for the women on the show!

TR is the best! i’d like to see him in movies, and another TV shows.

I LOVE HIM!

im happy that he’s left GA. i don’t mind he’s being gay but i dont think he’s a good actor. and his character is not lovable. i don’t like george at all. i think he’s P****.

moreover, eventhough isaiah say something about him and getting fired from GA, his existance is less memorable than Dr. Burke.
and i really don’t appreciate him at all. he must remember GA is what makes him has this day, this name and this opportunity. and he shouldn’t just bitching about that.gosh. and remember everybody will remember you as George O’Malley, the character that Shonda create.

I will only appreciate him when he success to make the world see and remember him not as George O’Maley but as TR Knight. Because as far as I concern, he’s now only ‘george’.

@Andrea:

You are not in the minority!! I am happy that he came out and is happy, but this guy is as lifeless as a kit kat bar!!

Before the Isaiah Washington incident, I thought he was boring! There is nothing different in his character from his real life. What I like is how Catherine Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeigl acted like she was his friend and used the incident to make herself a star.

I THINK BOTH T.R. KNIGHT & CATHERINE HEIGL ARE OVERRATED!!

I honestly believe that if Isaiah hadn’t told Patrick Dempsey “you think you can treat me like you treat T.R. like a …..” this guy would be a nobody that no one would care about.

He thinks that he is RUSSELL CROWE or KEVIN SPACEY? He gave up 14 million dollars contract, why? He’ll end up like David Caruso because there is nothing about him that says ‘MOVIE STAR’…
Trust me, give it a year, he’ll be doing rounds on Lifetime movies of the week or days of our lives.

I noticed that Knight and Heigl keep biting the hands that feed them..
Catherine Heigl has been lucky so far because her movies were from Apatow and this last one had GERARD BUTLER.. But soon these to annoying – average actors would go away, and I couldn’t be happier.

You ppl dissing TR is CRAP!! I think you’re all just jealous! TR is a great actor! I’ve not seen ANY actor fake-cry like him, and don’t you even say “that’s because he’s gay”, because I’m gay, and I don’t appreciate that. TR does deserve better than Grey’s. It’s a good show, but Shondra didn’t give him enough screen time. Within the first nine episodes of season five, he was only onscreen for 48 minutes! Who you should be dissing is Shondra, not TR! TR is better than any of you ppl! Once again, I say you’re all just jealous because you can’t measure up to a talented, fearless, and excellent actor like TR! You all need to find something else to do than bash! It really makes me mad! Ugghh!

@MATAN ;): Thank you! You’re so awesome for loving TR!

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