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 Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2007 10:54 PM CDT
Ex-'Grey's' Star Speaks Out
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 series,"Grey's Anatomy," when ABC dumped him on Thursday, June 7, 2007. Washington was undone by...   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more Grey's Anatomy stories.)

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