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Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke

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Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke

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A native of Houston, Texas, Isaiah Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, DC's Howard University. While at Howard, he won a role in the play Spell #7 and then moved to New York to further pursue his career. There he appeared in a number of stage productions, including August Wilson's Fences and Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth. With a passion for theater, Washington became one of the founding members of City Kids Repertory, a theater group that visits high schools and community centers throughout New York.

Washington first made his mark in cinema in gritty crime dramas and romantic ensemble comedies. He has been featured in four acclaimed Spike Lee films: Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, and Get on the Bus. Other feature credits include Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, True Crime, Bulworth, Out of Sight, Love Jones, Dead Presidents, Stonewall, Strictly Business and the acclaimed Dancing in September - a performance which earned him a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor.

More recently Washington was seen in Ghost Ship, Welcome to Collinwood and Hollywood Homicide. Upcoming films include Moguls and Dead Birds.

On television, he has guest-starred in several series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Ally McBeal, New York Undercover, Living Single, Soul Food and Touched by an Angel.

Washington makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Grey's Stars Still Seeing Red over Slur

by Gina Serpe

Los Angeles (E! Online) - All was quiet on the Grey's Anatomy front. Then came Monday night's Golden Globes ceremony and, along with the award for Best TV Drama, the cast of ABC's biggest hit took home a whole new batch of controversy.

Trouble first started brewing in the press room, the ensemble's first stop after leaving the stage following the win, when E! Online columnist Ted Casablanca queried whether or not the gang had sufficiently moved past the on-set altercation last October, when Isaiah Washington was accused of calling costar T.R. Knight a homophobic slur and then getting in the face of would-be peace broker Patrick Dempsey.

After Casablanca posed the question, Washington stepped up to the microphone. "No, I did not call T.R. a faggot," Washington said. "Never happened."

When Casablanca asked whether then the entire Oct. 9 incident was concocted in the minds of tabloid editors, the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes took over, stating: "I think the best statement is just that things were created in a very odd way by the press that were not necessarily completely reported as true. I don't think any reporter made it up," she added, before changing the subject and saying, "We're just excited that we won the Golden Globe."

Dempsey and Knight, who were also in the press room during the interview, remained mum. (A video from the press room shows Dempsey and costar Eric Dane shifting uncomfortably during the exchange.)

But in the aftermath of the Globe lovefest, Washington's seemingly revisionist history was quickly called out. First up was Katherine Heigl.

In a post-ceremony interview with Access Hollywood, Heigl lashed out at Washington. "He needs to just not speak in public. Period. I'm sorry, that did not need to be said, I'm not okay with it...Drawing attention to it and saying the word again is just unnecessary. And I'm probably going to get in a lot of trouble for being that blunt."

The sentiment was echoed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In a statement Wednesday, the organization's president, Neil G. Giuliano, lashed out at Washington's backstage remarks. "When Isaiah Washington uses this kind of anti-gay slur

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OK lets just do a little role reversal. Lets say that T.R. directed the "N" word towards Isaiah, rather than Isaiah directing the gay slur ("F" word) towards T.R. T.R. Knight would immediately be fired, with no question. Why is this any different? You can't pick your race just like you can't pick your sexuality.

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ITA Adria, IMO Isaiah should be fired! I dont like him anyway lol

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Washington let go

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Isaiah Washington, a star of TV hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy" who used an anti-gay slur against a fellow cast member, will not return for the show's fourth season, Entertainment Weekly magazine reported in its online edition on Friday.

ABC Studios has declined to renew the actor's option to play Dr. Preston Burke on the show, which won a Golden Globe this year for best television drama, according to the report.

Washington sparked controversy after a heated on-set argument last year in which he reportedly called actor T.R. Knight a "faggot."

Knight came out as gay in a public announcement shortly afterward and last week confirmed what Washington had said -- and initially denied.

The show airs on Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network. An ABC spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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