Isaiah Washington Talking with NBC
Fired 'Grey's Anatomy' star in discussions at Peacock
Washington was formally let go from the ABC series earlier this month and has been on a media blitz ever since, claiming his firing was politically motivated in the wake of his "faggot" comments during the show's third season.
To recap: Washington reportedly used the slur in relation to castmate T.R. Knight, who is gay, during an argument on set last October. Washington apologized and story more or less died -- until January, when Washington took the microphone backstage at the Golden Globe Awards and stated, "No, I did not call T.R. a faggot. Never happened."
That set off a huge storm of controversy, with other cast members leaping to Knight's defense and gay-rights groups demanding an apology. Washington did apologize, sought counseling and taped a PSA on the power of words to hurt. He continued on the show for the remainder of the season, but ABC chose not to pick up his contract option for the coming year.
The 43-year-old actor has claimed in recent days that it was Knight who leveraged his comments to get him off the show, supposedly in an effort to expand his own role. Neither Knight nor ABC have responded to the allegations.
As for NBC, The Hollywood Reporter says the network is in discussions with Washington about a possible deal, though the talks are in a holding pattern at the moment. It's not clear whether Washington would join an existing series or be cast on a new show.