Now that ex “Greys Anatomy” star T.R. Knight is officially done with the show, he’s speaking very openly about feelings towards the show and what really happened with Isaiah Washington on set. Recently interviewed by Michael Ausiello about his departure, Knight said his decision was based purely on the bad blood he has been harboring for series creator Shonda Rimes, saying he found it “frustrating” she took nearly three months to publicly condemn Isaiah for his use of an anti-gay slur. Adding more fuel to the fire was when Rimes also suggested to Knight that he keep his sexuality behind closed doors even though he felt coming out of the closet would help the scandal.
“I think she was concerned about having my statement come out so close to the [initial] event,” he said.
Rimes denies that accusation, claiming she thought it would be “awesome” for Knight to come out, and that he would be “totally supported.” However, the icing on the cake for Knight was his lack of screen time and lack of connection with his character, George, during the last few seasons. For the first nine episodes of season five, he appeared on screen a total of only 48 minutes, compared to the 114 minutes for Sandra Oh’s character Christina. Knight says he resented and loss respect for his character and the people behind it.
“My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about George],” Knight said. “And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that. There just comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision.”
Costar & best friend Katherine Heigl initially disagreed with her friend, feeling as though the problems could be worked out. But by the time he did leave, she felt happy for him because he was ready to move on. To Knight, it seems that walking away from the show is a relief despite walking away from a top 10 show and a $14 million contract.
“From an outsider’s perspective, I get the [impression that] ‘He’s just a spoiled actor…he doesn’t know how good he has it,’” he says. “There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work – that’s more important than the money. [So] that’s the goal. If I’m lucky to ever work again.”
Good for you Knight! Grey’s wont be the same without him, but a human being has to do what will make him or her the happiest. We wish you the best of luck!
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