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Isaiah Washington: 'They Fired the Wrong Guy'

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Jun 21, 2007 | 10:27am EDT

Disgraced Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has fired back at the TV executives who fired him from the show, insisting they picked the wrong guy.

The actor was axed from the medical drama on June 7 and now claims producers should have sacked T.R. Knight, the show regular who claimed he had been targeted by a gay slur uttered by Washington, because he turned an on-set fight into a major controversy in a bid to boost his salary.

Angry Washington insists his use of an anti-gay slur wasn't targeted at Knight, but rather used in a fight with costar Patrick Dempsey.

Knight took offense to the use of the derogatory gay term and 'came out' as a homosexual shortly after news of the on-set drama leaked to the media.

Washington tells the Houston Chronicle, "They fired the wrong guy. I have to clear my name... My livelihood, my honor, my dignity and my name have been so challenged.

"So here's the truth... I used the word during a disagreement with Patrick. I apologized for that. We shook hands and went back to work."

Washington admits he was shocked when he was axed from the show because he did everything that was requested of him when gay groups demanded action for his use of the word.

He continues, "I did everything I said I would do. I offered to go to counseling, to do a public service announcement. I wanted everyone to know I was remorseful."

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