Can Someone Explain This One,...?
The 43-year-old actor has been under fire since he used an anti-gay slur at a Golden Globes press conference last week after the hit ABC drama received an award.
"With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling. I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again. I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally," the statement said.
Life and Style magazine reported on its Web site that the actor entered a residential rehab facility.
Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of "Grey's Anatomy," said in a statement that she applauds Washington's realization that he needs help.
"We've been working within the Grey's family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues," the statement said.
Washington opened old wounds when he answered a question about an October on-set argument with co-star Patrick Dempsey. During the argument, he allegedly referred to cast member T.R. Knight using an anti-gay slur.
"No, I did not call T.R. a 'faggot,' " Washington told reporters in the Golden Globes press room. "It never happened."
Last Friday, ABC issued a statement that said the network was dismayed at the actor's "inappropriate language."
Rumors have been swirling that the network may fire the actor.
The TrekMedic is flummoxed:
Whiskey,...Tango,...Foxtrot?? What kind of rehab facility teaches you not so say the word "faggot" in public? Do they do some kind of "1984"-like rat cage torture? Insert a chip in your brain that delivers a 50-volt shock everytime you say it? WHAT?? For that matter, what about "the n-word?" The TrekMedic bets the rehab center would be jam-packed if they could cure that one! This is just insane!
And, BTW, no - Washington won't get canned from the show unless ratings drop precipitously. Why? He's a minority himself and Hollyweird gives them more slack than the rest of us.