'Grey's' Knight Addresses Gay Slur
On Wednesday's (Jan. 17) "Ellen" show, the "Grey's Anatomy" actor confirms that he got the courage to do so after his co-star
"It's an awesome word, isn't it?" says the 33-year-old who plays the show's George O'Malley. "I've never been called that to my face. So I think when that happened, something shifted, and it became bigger than myself.
"I was under no delusions," he adds. "My friends on the set knew. We talked about it. Publicly it's not my thing to call up People magazine and be like, 'Hey, you want to know something about me?' ... I could've just let it slide and not said anything, but it became important. It became important to make the statement."
Knight is astounded by the denial.
"He referred to me as a faggot," he says on "Ellen." "Everyone heard it."
At the Golden Globes Washington also claimed that he would never do anything "so vile and so horrible, not only to a castmate, but to a fellow human being." He also said that everything is hunky-dory with Dempsey after the alleged October scuffle: "I kiss Patrick Dempsey. We sing 'Ebony and Ivory' every day since the so-called incident and it hasn't come up."
Another "Grey's" star has also jumped into the fray.
"I'm going to be really honest right now, [Washington] needs to just not speak in public. Period," says
On the hit
Knight is a theater-trained actor who has also made guest appearances on "Frasier,"