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November 20, 2020

Isaiah Washington Reignites Feud with 'Grey's Anatomy' Co-star Katherine Heigl over His Firing

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Isaiah Washington recently shared a tweet reigniting his feud with Katherine Heigl, his former co-star on "Grey's Anatomy," and this was followed by backlashes from fans.

Isaiah Washington was fired from "Grey's Anatomy" over a decade ago, but it appears he is yet to get over his feud with Katherine Heigl, who publicly supported his exit from the show.

Taking to Twitter, the former "Grey's Anatomy" star, Washington, shared a photo of Heigl and accompanied it with a caption accusing the actress of blocking his free speech.


Washington tweeted that Heigl once said he should never be allowed to speak publicly again and added that people who agreed with her protested against his life and job back then. The actor concluded by writing:

"I wish I was on Twitter in 2007 because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

After sharing the tweet, fans and followers took to the comments section to share their thoughts about the tweet. While some encouraged the actor to move on, many others criticized him for living in the past and holding grudges.


While on "Grey's Anatomy," Washington acted as Dr. Preston Burke. He was fired in 2007 after making a homophobic remark about his co-star, Theodore Raymond Knight, who is gay.

Washington returned to "Grey's Anatomy" for season 10 when the show was getting ready to bid farewell to Sandra Oh.

Following the incident, Heigl openly aired her disapproval of Washington's comment while adding that Knight was her best friend and she would always have his back.


Initially, Washington denied the allegations while stating clearly that it never happened. However, he later offered apologies to Knight and the LGBTQ community, stating that he would let his future actions prove his sincerity.

As proof of his sincerity, Washington underwent counseling and met with gay rights groups to help him address his homophobic tendencies. After his controversial exit from "Grey's Anatomy," Washington's career suffered as he struggled to find full time acting roles.


However, nearly seven years after his exit, Washington returned to "Grey's Anatomy" for season 10 when the show was getting ready to bid farewell to Sandra Oh, his former on-screen love interest.

At the time, the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, was met with criticisms from fans over Washington's return to the show. However, she noted that the actor was important to Oh's character and wanted her to get the goodbye she deserved.

A portrait of some of the early cast of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" on August 15, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images

Since he last appeared on season 10 of "Grey's Anatomy," Washington has appeared in several series, including "Bull" and "Blue Bloods." Slowly, the actor is making his way back to the top of his career.