It seems ridiculous to walk away from a hit medical series and a $14 million contract but T.R. Knight is already at peace with his decision to leave Grey's Anatomy
. For a moment, the 39-year-old actor kept his mouth shut about his unexpected exit on the ABC show that catapulted him to stardom. But now that he's has already been released from his contract, there's no more reason to hold back.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly
, Knight reveals his issues with creator Shonda Rhimes and what led him to quit Grey's Anatomy.
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It was basically a "breakdown in communication" with Rhimes, according to Knight, whose character George O'Malley surprisingly vanished on the canvas right after the controversial "Isaiahgate" in which Isaiah Washington referred to Knight as a "f----t" during an on-set argument with co-star Patrick Dempsey. We all know how it came down: Washington was fired while Knight came out of the closet. But what we didn't know is that, while Knight doesn't specifically blame Rhimes for how the situation was handled behind the scenes, he says that Rhimes was among those who tried to discourage him from coming out.
"I think she was concerned about having my statement come out so close to the [initial] event," Knight told Entertainment Weekly.
Rhimes, on the other hand, has denied this.
"I said [to T.R.], 'If you want to come out, that's awesome,'" she told Entertainment Weekly.
Thus, when Knight returned to work for the fourth season of Grey's Anatomy,
he struggled with his character's storyline in which George cheated on his wife Callie (Sara Ramirez) with best friend Izzie (Katherine Heigl) --- a very unlikely move for the prudent doctor. But aside from the uncharacteristic changes, he also went missing for the first nine episodes of season 5, and this led Knight to the conclusion that his character has already expired.
Instead of confronting Rhimes about what's going on with his character, Knight simply negotiated for an early release from his Grey's
"There just comes a time when it's so clear that moving on is the best decision," Knight said. "No other series regular's character had ever disappeared like mine did...My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about George's future]. And with respect, I'm going to leave it at that."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly(Image courtesy of ABC)