Grey’s Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, has issued a statement in response to the saga over Isaiah Washington’s comments:

“I speak for all the executive producers here at Grey’s Anatomy when I say that Isaiah Washington’s use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference.

We’ve been working within the Grey’s family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah’s realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues.

We appreciate the support the fans have always given our show, particularly during this stressful time. Creatively, we continue to strive to make the best television we can with the hope that our show reflects the talent, hard work and professionalism of our cast and crew.”

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I think, assuming nothing else happens, that it sounds like Isaiah will keep his job. John Mayer’s suggestion is a funny but highly unlikely scenario.

Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has agreed to meet with GLSEN Executive Director Kevin Jennings this afternoon in Los Angeles to discuss ways Washington can team with GLSEN to ensure America’s youth understand the power of anti-gay slurs like the one Washington recently used to refer to fellow Grey’s star T.R. Knight.

Today marks the beginning of GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week in schools nationwide.

GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, commends ABC and Washington for recognizing the harm of Washington’s use of the word ”faggot” and reaching out to GLSEN to turn an unfortunate situation into an opportunity to open a dialogue with America’s youth.

According to GLSEN’s 2005 National School Climate Survey, 75 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students reported hearing derogatory remarks such as ”faggot” or ”dyke” frequently or often in school. ‘

‘We are encouraged by the apparent sincerity of Isaiah Washington’s apology and his recognition of the power of a word that, like so many others, has no place in our society,” Jennings said. ”We would like to thank Isaiah and ABC for reaching out to GLSEN in what hopefully will be an important step in the healing process for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and all those who were offended by the remarks.”

Fittingly, the meeting takes place on the first day of No Name-Calling Week, created in partnership with Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and supported by Cisco Systems and nearly 50 national partners. The fourth-annual No Name-Calling Week is a time for educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds.

Grey’s fans… please sign this. Don’t let IW’s stupid actions ruin our show! Save Burke!

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GREY’S ANATOMY
RETURNS THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 8.30PM

The 2 hour finale of season 2, ahead of the premiere of season 3 next week, 8th February)

Izzie and George go crazy trying to get Denny a new heart. Derek has Burke’s life in his hands and, on prom night, Meredith has a choice to make between McDreamy and McVet.

According to XTRAMSN, in the next four to six weeks Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost will be returning to TV2.

If the shows screen in the same timeslots as in 2006, we could see:

Wow, some amazing shots of Patrick Dempsey and his pregnant wife Jillian in Life Magazine (January 12 2007 issue) and a nice interview. He talks about having dyslexia, his new movie Freedom Writers with Hilary Swanks and more.

The Morning Crew are back on ZM next Monday morning (January 22nd) and Polly has been busy interviewing lots of TV stars:

Ok girls! Fans of McDreamy HAVE to see these gorgeous photos of him! Mmmmm!! I love #2 the most! Oh, and there’s an interview too but I kept getting distracted from reading it hahah!

Patrick and his wife admit going to couples therapy for checkups to keep their relationship on track. The couple have a four year old daughter (Talula) and are now expecting twins due in the winter (US).

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Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, has come runner-up at the International Jugglers Competition in Cleveland, Ohio. Anthony Gatto came first.

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