The actor, who was fired from the show in the aftermath of an on-set argument, in which he used a gay slur, surprised many when he showed up unannounced to support protestors in their sixth week on strike.
And to show he was truly in the festive spirit, he made a point of hugging Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, who fired him earlier this year.
Washington said, "We need to come out and stick together."
He said, "The more people that can come out and support this, the better."
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