Isaiah Washington: 'I lost everything after gay slur controversy'

$bean.subheadline

a a a a
Share this story

Actor ISAIAH WASHINGTON "lost everything" after his gay slur scandal in 2007 because no one in Hollywood wanted to hire him.

The star was fired from hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy after an onset altercation with Patrick Dempsey, in which he referred to gay castmate T.R. Knight as a f**got.

Washington made matters worse backstage at the Golden Globe Awards that year (07) when he reiterated the offensive word as he attempted to play down the incident, and he now admits he was wrong to revisit the controversy at the high-profile event because he was drunk.

During an appearance on The View, he says, "When you try to defend yourself, no matter what has been regurgitated, you don't do it backstage at the Golden Globes and unfortunately for me, I had my first endeavor there. No one told me not to drink for four hours without eating! So you know, I was pretty much asleep at the wheel and I had a lot of anxiety..."

Washington struggled to find acting work for some time after the fall out and he found himself in serious financial trouble.

In a separate interview with the Huffington Post, he explains, "After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart. I lost everything. I couldn't afford to have an agent... I couldn't afford to have a publicist... I couldn't afford to continue (as an actor)."

However, Washington's time away from the spotlight had a positive affect on other aspects of his personal life as he learned how to rebuild his career.

He adds, "I became a better husband, a better father and a better artist."

Washington has since made a return to the spotlight with his new crime drama Blue Caprice, which is inspired by the real life Beltway sniper attacks in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia in 2002.

Copyright 2013 World Entertainment News Network. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Celebrity News
'View' co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters in May
'View' co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters in May

ABC's "The View" will gather all 11 past and present co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily television.

Paul Weller wins damages over family photos
Paul Weller wins damages over family photos

British rocker PAUL WELLER has been awarded damages from an online newspaper after editors published pictures of his young children.

Brandy splits from fiance
Brandy splits from fiance

Singer BRANDY has ended her engagement to RYAN PRESS.

Dina Lohan lands plea deal in DWI bust
Dina Lohan lands plea deal in DWI bust

LINDSAY LOHAN's mother Dina has agreed to complete 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated…

B.B. King was off his diabetes medication...
B.B. King was off his diabetes medication...

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. KING has revealed he was off his diabetes medication earlier this month (Apr14) when he delivered a subpar…

Sean 'Diddy' Combs' university return causes...
Sean 'Diddy' Combs' university return causes...

Officials at a university are facing a backlash from students after they announced SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS would deliver the…

Paul Walker's brothers help complete filming...
Paul Walker's brothers help complete filming...

PAUL WALKER's brothers are helping director JAMES WAN complete filming on FAST & FURIOUS 7 by serving as stand-ins for the late…

Lady Gaga to return to South Korea after...
Lady Gaga to return to South Korea after...

LADY GAGA is set to return to South Korea two years after censors banned young fans from attending her Born This Way Ball concert in Seoul.

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels concert due...
Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels concert due...

Ailing MILEY CYRUS was forced to cancel her concert in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday night (15Apr14) after she was hospitalized for a…

Jay Z and Beyonce team up for summer tour -...
Jay Z and Beyonce team up for summer tour -...

JAY Z and BEYONCE are reportedly taking their talents on the road for a stadium tour this summer (14).