The controversy involving the cast of Grey's Anatomy has ended with series star Isaiah Washington apologizing.
The situation began in October, when it was rumored that Washington used the word 'faggot' in reference to co-star T.R. Knight, who has since come out. Things resurfaced on Jan. 15 at the Golden Globe Awards, when Washington used the word to deny that he had uttered it in October.
On Jan. 16, Knight appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying that ' [ Washington ] referred to me as a faggot. Everyone heard it.'
ABC and Touchstone TV responded to the controversy by reprimanding Washington, IMDB.com reported.
On Jan. 18, Washington issued an apology. It read in part: 'I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. ... I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help.'
In response, GLAAD ( Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ) President Neil G. Giuliano stated that 'We are encouraged by Isaiah Washington's statement today, and optimistic that it may mark a turning point in this deeply troubling situation.' Giuliano also acknowledged that Washington has agreed to meet with GLAAD.
Grey's Anatomy, now in its third season, won the Golden Globe for best television drama. For now, Washington is said to be continuing on the series.