Isaiah Washington, bouncing back from his “Grey’s Anatomy” firing with a role on a new NBC drama and prospects for his own network series, said Monday he’s grateful for an unexpected second chance.
“I’m humbled by this opportunity,” Washington told The Associated Press, shortly before NBC announced he would be joining its new series “Bionic Woman” for a five-episode arc. Washington and NBC Universal Studios also are developing an action series.
He said his dismissal from ABC’s hit medical show after his repeated use of an anti-gay slur was “an unfortunate misunderstanding for everyone” that he was eager to move past.
“What I always wanted to put at the forefront is my creativity, that thing I want to do, which is act,” Washington said.
He was brought to NBC by Ben Silverman, the recently appointed co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. It was a comment to a mutual friend that led to a meeting with Silverman just after Washington lost his ABC job, he said.
Silverman, recalling their June 7 get-together, said he was surprised to learn Washington had just been fired.
“‘Gosh, it would great to get him, get a great actor on our air,”‘ Silverman recalled thinking. “It’s like A-Rod leaving the Yankees in midseason.”
Asked if he was concerned that Washington was bringing baggage to NBC, Silverman said he wasn’t. The focus will be on the actor’s work and his contribution to “Bionic Woman,” which Silverman described as “one of our most important shows.”