Exclusive: T.R. Knight negotiating 'Grey's Anatomy' exit
The revolving door at Grey’s Anatomy has taken another shocking spin.
Multiple sources confirm that T.R. Knight has asked to be released from
his contract, a request that both ABC and Grey’s show-runner Shonda
Rhimes appear poised to grant. “They’re working out the details now,” whispers an ABC insider. (A network rep was unavailable for comment.)
There’s no word on when Knight would make his final appearance, but,
contrary to a report on the gossip blog crazydaysandnights.com, he has
not walked off the show. “He’s still working,” maintains my Grey’s mole.
Rumors of Knight’s unhappiness at Grey’s date back to the early days of
Isaiahgate. Per an insider, the actor was disappointed that it took Rhimes so long to publicly condemn Washington’s use
of the F-word, even as his co-stars (Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey, etc.) rallied to his defense. (The incident led Knight to come out as a gay man.) The boss lady
eventually released a statement denouncing Washington’s behavior, but
word is, it was too little, too late. Nonetheless, my Grey’s source insists Knight does not want out of his contract for that reason, adding, “He just feels it’s time to move on.”
A spokesperson for Knight declined to comment for this story.
Knight’s probable exit comes at a time when his character, George, has been
given little to do, save for express concern over Izzie’s mental state. There’s no
word if he’ll be given a big on-screen send-off or be banished to
Seattle Grace’s parking garage with fellow gay Dr. Hahn. (I smell a spin-off!)
Got an exit scenario of your own you’d like to pitch? Shocked by
Knight’s decision? Given his lack of screen time this season, can you blame the guy for wanting to move on? Do you hope he takes his real-life BFF, Katherine
Heigl, with him? Is Grey’s cursed? Comment below!
Oh, and I saved the biggest surprise for last: Knight was not — I
repeat not — the subject of my “fired actor” blind item last week.
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