Isaiah Washington Says Ellen Pompeo Was Paid $ 5 Million To Speak Out On Patrick Dempsey’s “Toxic” Conduct

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Isaiah Washington spoke about his experiences on the set of Grey’s Anatomy, and what he said were many toxic elements in play involving key characters from the TBEN medical drama, particularly former lead actor Patrick Dempsey.

Washington, 58, speaking on KBLA Talk 1580 with Tavis Smiley Thursday, said Ellen Pompeo, 51, “took $ 5 million under the table … not to tell the world how good Patrick Dempsey was. really toxic and nasty. ”Years ago big names in Hollywood were accused of workplace misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement, US Weekly reported.

Washington said he had “used it as a scapegoat” when he was fired from the show in 2007 after being accused of using a homophobic slur against his castmate TR Knight.

Latest: Isaiah Washington, 58, spoke about his experience on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and what he said were many toxic elements in play involving key characters on the set of the TBEN medical drama, in particular former lead actor Patrick Dempsey, 55. Washington was pictured in Los Angeles in 2018

He said on the radio show that “this was a program to cover up the toxic and bad behavior of a lot of my former castmates on this show … and the top of that would be Patrick Dempsey.”

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Washington said his tension with Dempsey, 55, was initially based on finances.

“I was the highest paid person on this show, next to Patrick Dempsey,” he said. “Apparently it came out, so there was a lot of resentment. I understand that, but it was based on my roles and my resume. I can not help it.

– His name was Pilot Poison. No one wanted him on the show. They wanted Rob Lowe.

Washington criticized both Dempsey and Pompeo in the interview

Washington criticized both Dempsey and Pompeo in the interview

Details: Washington said a

Details: Washington said a “disrespect” on Dempsey’s part had worsened over time, recalling details of an infamous clash in October 2006 when he was late on set. The actor was pictured in LA in 2019

Washington added that Dempsey “wasn’t a nice guy from day one,” recalling an exchange with producer Peter Horton and Dempsey on day one.

“I was at a table reading, Peter Horton… came over and said, ‘I thought we got rid of you. “Patrick Dempsey walks in, I didn’t think I could see him with the reflection, throws up his hands, saying, ‘What is he doing here?’ It’s the first day.

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Washington claimed Dempsey made racist statements to him during filming.

“He liked me and once I had a conversation with him he said, ‘Isaiah, do you know that white men are the masters of the universe? And I said, “Do you really believe that?” And he said “Absolutely,” Washington said, according to the outlet.

Washington said a “disrespect” on Dempsey’s part had worsened over time, recalling details of an infamous clash in October 2006 when he was late on set.

“This Monday, he’s late. Instead of apologizing, he hit me in the face and assaulted me three times. Physically. I did what I had to do as a man. And I insulted him.

He said the homophobic phrase he used was accused of being used towards Knight was uttered in a different context.

Washington said he told Dempsey, ‘You’re not going to punk me, you’re not going to treat me like a B word and you’re not going to treat me like an F word.

“I was talking to myself as we call it a taunt and a weakness in the schoolyard. Talk about me. But I had heard the abuse before, that he had thrown Kate Walsh out of a window in anger. That he terrorized TR Knight.

Washington cited a number of instances in which it felt the set had a toxic element

Washington cited a number of instances in which it felt the set had a toxic element

He said Knight, 48, was not present when he used the offensive phrase and the story with Dempsey was twisted to make him look bad.

“It went from us having a fight, which was never a fight, to me saying something about TR,” Washington said, adding that he was “forced to apologize” for retain its place in the hit series.

In the interview, Washington claimed that Pompeo had become “pissed off” by the buzz surrounding the other performers on the show, including himself and Sandra Oh.

“She couldn’t believe everyone was more interested in me, Sandra and everyone else than she was,” he said, adding he was “not shocked” by the revelation from Pompeo last month that she clashed with Denzel Washington when the Oscar winner directed an episode of the series in 2016.

“She really thinks she’s cool with black people like that, but she isn’t,” said Isaiah Washington.

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