Isaiah Washington to ‘Grey’s’ Co-Stars: ‘I’m Sorry’
October 25, 2006

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington is going public with an apology in the upcoming issue of People magazine for his behavior in a heated on-set scuffle with co-star Patrick Dempsey.

“He told People exclusively that he’s sorry for his words and his actions,” dished People’s Senior Editor Jamie Bufalino, who also revealed that tensions boiled over into a bitter argument while Isaiah and Patrick were filming a scene with co-star, T.R. Knight.

“Patrick really wanted to wait for T.R. Knight, who was late to the set, to arrive, and Isaiah felt strongly about starting,” Bufalino said. “They got into a flare-up, words were exchanged, and it became this big scandal.”

However, on Tuesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” co-star Katherine Heigl told the talk show queen that the “big scandal” was really nothing at all.

“It was something silly,” Heigl shared. “There was a little burst of testosterone in the room and within five minutes everything was totally fine.”

But the feud fueled a widespread rumor that Eriq La Salle, from competing medical drama “ER,” would be brought in to replace Isaiah, a rumor that “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes blasted in People, citing it as offensive and untrue.

“Especially the idea that one black actor could be replaced by just another black actor was disturbing to her,” Bufalino explained.

While the public still has interest in the blow-up, the cast says they’ve put the entire incident behind them.

As for Isaiah, he hopes to clear the air after issuing this statement: “I have nothing but respect for my co-workers and have apologized personally to everyone involved.”



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