Ex-'Grey's' Star Speaks Out

'Saddened' by firing, Washington won't rule out returning to ABC hit—for a cameo
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2007 10:54 PM CDT
Actors Isaiah Washington, right, and T.R. Knight pose at the TV Guide Emmy after-party in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Aug. 27, 2006. Washington lost his starring role on one of TV's hottest...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Isaiah Washington "can only apologize so many times" for the behavior that prompted his dismissal from ABC's hit series "Grey's Anatomy," the actor tells Entertainment Weekly in his first post-firing interview. But contrition evidently wasn't enough to save his job: The network couldn't justify the risk of keeping him on the show, the AP reports.

Washington says he "probably would not hesitate" if invited to make a guest appearance, but he sounds less positive about returning to ABC. Meanwhile, the AP reports, the brouhaha has revealed a rift between members of Hollywood's gay community, who applaud the move as a reality check, and members of the African-American community, who question the severity of the punishment.