In the past 24 hours, three Isaiah Washington-related news stories crossed the wire, all or more less related to his homophobic-related incident on the set of Grey's Anatomy and his Golden Globes outburst ....
First: The Associated Press moves an item which reveals Washington did not submit his name for an Emmy Award. "It's all about the acting, not the awards,'' says his publicist, the out Howard Bragman. Translation: Washington's acting was generally very well regarded, but the likelihood of fellow actors giving him the award is nil. Don't forget, just recently the NAACP was roundly criticized after honoring Isaiah with one of its coveted Image Awards.
Second: Apparently, Isaiah is moving aggressively to find acting roles that can offset some of the damage done by his outbursts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington will take on the role of a sexually abused Catholic priest in a new independent movie. In the script, his character returns to the Catholic high school where he once was sexually abused.
Third: By far, the most interesting. The National Enquirer—sorry print edition only—reports this will be Isaiah Washington's final season on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Preston Burke. Since the Golden Globes incident, numerous reports have said there has been considerable tension on the set. [Spoiler Warning] The Enquirer provides a sneak peek at the season finale, which finds Dr. Burke being passed over for the hospital chief of surgery7 and storms out of his wedding to Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh).
Maybe the Enquirer report has some teeth, or, maybe it doesn't. But before you bash the tabloid, keep in mind that they were the very first outlet to report the Isaiah Washington-Patric Dempsey fight and the "faggot" remark.
No Emmy for Isaiah Washington [Advocate.com]
Washington to Play Abused Priest [Hollywood]
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