Axed Isaiah Washington Lands New Job

Turns in scrubs for role in new Bionic Woman
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 17, 2007 5:00 AM CDT
Knight, who portrays Dr. George O'Malley, is the one who should have been let go, Washington told the newspaper.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles-File)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Actor Isaiah Washington, fired from hit ABC-TV series Grey's Anatomy for an anti-gay slur, has landed a new role at rival NBC, the Los Angeles Times reports. Washington, who played brilliant surgeon Preston Burke, will hang up his scrubs for a lab coat in at least six episodes of a new Bionic Woman.

The actor was canned from Grey's after a homophobic slur against castmate T.R. Knight, which he then repeated at the Golden Globes.  "He's a wonderful actor and a great performer, and he became available," said new NBC boss Ben Silverman, in  announcing the move. Washington said he's "looking forward to getting back to work."