T.R. Knight eyes Grey’s exit
There’s another emergency brewing at problem-plagued Seattle Grace. Grey’s Anatomy doc T.R. Knight has asked to be released from his multimillion-dollar contract, a request that both ABC and show-runner Shonda Rhimes appear poised to grant.
Reps for Knight and ABC declined to comment, but a Grey’s source says the actor has been unhappy since the early days of Isaiah-gate. Per the insider, the openly gay Knight was disappointed that it took Rhimes so long to publicly condemn Washington’s use of the F-word, even as costars Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl denounced his behavior. But by all accounts, Knight’s desire to leave stems less from the past and more from the present: He’s frustrated by his dramatic reduction in screen time this season. ”He wasn’t feeling creatively fulfilled,” says another Grey’s mole. ”He’s an actor. He wants to act. It’s that simple.”
Of course, some actors would give their perfectly capped front teeth to get paid millions of dollars to play solitaire in their trailers. ”He must be really miserable to walk away from all that dough,” points out one TV agent, who adds that ABC may be reluctant to grant Knight’s wish too quickly for fear that some of his costars will want to follow him out the door (initials K.H., perhaps?). ”They certainly don’t want to send the message that contracts can be easily broken. That would be a mistake.”
There’s no word on whether, much less when, Knight will be given a big onscreen send-off. After all, his George could just be banished to Seattle Grace’s parking lot with MIA Dr. Hahn. Hey, I smell a spin-off; it certainly can’t be any worse than Private Practice!
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