Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Burke on ABC’s hit ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ was fired last month due to a homophobic comment he made. Not one to back down it looks like Washington is firing back at his former employer. Washington claims that the wrong man was fired. Not only that, but he insists that it was cast mate T.R. Knight who was responsible for the scandal and ultimately the firing. It’s fair to let the man have his say, but his “explanation” is full of excuses more than anything else.

Washington told The Houston Chronicle, ”I have to clear my name. I’ll start from the beginning. I’m telling everything. So here’s the truth.” He then explained that Knight used the controversy to get a salary increase, and also to try and position George (Knight’s character on ‘Grey’s’) as more of a leading man. On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Knight claimed that Washington used a slur against him on-set. In response Washington stated it was a lie, and that he’d been speaking with co-star Patrick Dempsey. You know, when you use a slur in any context or location – especially a frickin’ public place you tool – it shouldn’t be expected to be forgiven and forgotten. Just maybe he wasn’t talking about Knight when he made the statement, but Washington’s attitude didn’t help matters any.

It seems clear that Washington wasn’t let go solely for the scandal, but if it hadn’t happened we’d be wondering if Burke and Christina would be getting back together ever again. There are a lot of politics and behind the scenes interaction that we’re never privy to, and it’s hard to know for certain who’s telling the truth. If anyone really is. What Washington really needs to do is put this behind him and move forward with some dignity. It sucks for him if he was truly wronged, but you can’t dwell on the past. Prove you’re worth the audience’s time in another project and quit whining.

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