Did Grey’s Creator Have a Problem With TR Knight Coming Out?


SOUNDBITES — “I think she [Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes] was concerned about having my statement come out so close to the [initial] event.” —Actor T.R. Knight on his decision to acknowledge he’s gay following Isaiah Washington’s faggot comment. As with all things between Knight and Rhimes, however, there’s disagreement:

Rhimes retorts: “I said, ‘If you want to come out, that’s awesome. We’ll totally support that.’ And then he went away, thought about it, and came back and said, ‘I’m going to make this statement.’ I remember saying to [fellow executive producer] Betsy Beers, ‘This is our proudest day here. T.R. got to come out, and I got to say to him that it wouldn’t affect his character’ — because he was concerned that he was going to come out and George would suddenly be gay. I was like, ‘We are not going to do that.’ The idea that a gay actor can’t play a straight man is insulting.”