Isaiah Washington Weighs in on Abrupt Dismissal of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Lesbian Character Erica Hahn

In the upcoming issue of TV Guide, Isaiah Washington was asked how “Grey’s Anatomy” should fix things following the unpopular firing of Brook Smith, who played lesbian character Dr. Erica Hahn.

“Bring Burke back,” the former “Grey’s” star answered, citing his former character Dr. Preston Burke.

On Smith’s forced exit from the show, Washington said: “For her to be treated this way I find very interesting …But the fact is that just before the holidays, you have a mother, a wonderful actress removed from a steady income without the proper reasoning behind it.”

“You look at the way another consummate professional’s being treated because her character, her story line, potentially made producers uncomfortable,” he added. “Now that I see what they’re doing to a show that I love and I care about, I think it’s disgusting.”

Washington’s contract was not renewed after the third season because he allegedly used an anti-gay slur toward co-star T.R. Knight.

“The world still thinks I taunted T.R. Knight and called him the F-word, which I didn’t,” he claims.

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The Court of Public Opinion

  • Louis

    What would you expect from this show. I stopped watching after the drama with Washington. It’s clear there is poor producing. This show is destined to die in the next year.


    The show needs to keep a variety of life styles.I like and enjoy seeing others on the show with my same likes.


    I had the pleasure of meeting Isaiah in his office a few weeks ago, running an errand for Jas and I have to say, this man is so educated and well rounded, I can’t see him ever offending anyone because of who they are and who they choose to love. I’ve been a fan of Greys’ Anatomy for a while but after they booted Dr. Burke and now the lesbian doctor, I doubt if I’ll continue to spend my Thursday nights watching it. It’s becoming too sorted and there’s no storyline that makes any since. Especially, the lesbian scenes and the discussions they have after sex. I think it’s poorly written and if they’re going to use a gay plot then why not let the “actual” gay actor on the show, play the role. He’d at least make it more realistic since this is his lifestyle. I’m so sick and tired of seeing straight actors try and portray the gay lifestyle based on a straight persons version of how it should be…if you want to buy a Lexus, surely you don’t go test drive a ford focus…

  • Manny

    Mr. Washington has a serious credibility problem. Honestly, who cares what this jerk thinks?