TR Knight is in negotiations to leave Gray’s Anatomy

T.R. Knight is itching to get out of his “Grey’s Anatomy” contract, according to several sources. The reason, however, is up for debate. Some sources say it’s because he’s still upset over how long it took “Grey’s” producer Shonda Rhimes to publicly chastise Isaiah Washington for his f-word slur against Knight. Others say it’s because his character’s story line sucks – which is very true. He really doesn’t have a story line at this point. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes is likely to let Knight out of his contract.

The revolving door at Grey’s Anatomy has taken another shocking spin. Multiple sources confirm that T.R. Knight has asked to be released from his contract, a request that both ABC and Grey’s show-runner Shonda Rhimes appear poised to grant. “They’re working out the details now,” whispers an ABC insider. (A network rep was unavailable for comment.)

There’s no word on when Knight would make his final appearance, but, contrary to a report on the gossip blog crazydaysandnights.com, he has not walked off the show. “He’s still working,” maintains my Grey’s mole.

Rumors of Knight’s unhappiness at Grey’s date back to the early days of Isaiahgate. Per an insider, the actor was disappointed that it took Rhimes so long to publicly condemn Washington’s use of the F-word, even as his co-stars (Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey, etc.) rallied to his defense. (The incident led Knight to come out as a gay man.) The boss lady eventually released a statement denouncing Washington’s behavior, but word is, it was too little, too late. Nonetheless, my Grey’s source insists Knight does not want out of his contract for that reason, adding, “He just feels it’s time to move on.”

Knight’s probable exit comes at a time when his character, George, has been given little to do, save for express concern over Izzie’s mental state. There’s no word if he’ll be given a big on-screen send-off or be banished to Seattle Grace’s parking garage with fellow gay Dr. Hahn. (I smell a spin-off!)

[From Entertainment Weekly]

The referenced report from website Crazy Days and Nights doesn’t sound like total bull to me. But it does sound like the kind of thing people would want to keep under wraps. They first reported that Knight had walked off the set, and then said he’s barely been participating in the show for most of the season.

So, I got a little more information from my source and they say, “He hasn’t attended table reads since episode 2. He is pissed and miserable and thinks his story line is stupid. He said goodbye to his hair and makeup people last week. He says he is done and has quit. ABC has not released him. Shondra Rhimes, the producer called him and he told her he had nothing to say. He has packed his dressing room.”

[From Crazy Days and Nights]

A rep for ABC has publicly denied that Knight’s leaving the show, but that doesn’t really seem believable at this point. I’m just as inclined to believe the version from Crazy Days and Nights as I am to believe Entertainment Weekly. Both of the stories agree that Knight hates his character’s story line. I can barely manage to watch his scenes because they’re so dull, so I can imagine it’s even more annoying to have to act them out. The writing really has suffered in the last few years – Katherine Heigl withdrew her Emmy nomination because of the lack of quality material she was given. It sounds like everyone is ready to part ways somewhat amicably, and hopefully before there’s any more of that quintessential “Grey’s” off camera drama.

Here’s T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl in L.A. on July 29th. Images thanks to Fame.

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  1. adleisia says:

    Hmm… methinks that TR might be the person that E! alluded to a few weeks ago that is in fights with the producers of the show. I guessed then that it was TR, and it looks like I was right.

  2. mollination says:

    Well, and aren’t he and Heigl just sickengly attached at the hip? It would make sense that he’s getting ready to leave if he isn’t going to have his BFF around the show anymore either.

    I bet they’re both outta there by the end of the season.

  3. Ron says:

    Unless the show is TANKING in the ratings, many times it is not a good idea to leave an established paycheck, even if you hate the storyline. Are there alot of offers coming this guys way? This is the only thing I can think of that he’s done.

  4. Ana says:

    Heigel is a fat girl waiting to happen.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Isiah use the f-word on Dempsey?

  5. Kristin says:

    People actually watch this crap?

  6. skinny fat says:

    he sucks and so does that show.

  7. MoJo says:

    I was actually kind of surprised when I first found out, but then… I remembered that I can’t remember a single thing his character has done this entire season thus far.

    There is some good news, though: Hopefully more screentime for Sandra Oh, who plays the only remaining character who’s still even remotely interesting and compelling, and for Kevin McKidd who is amazing and the sole reason I’ve started watching the show again, even if I think he can do way better.

  8. adleisia says:

    Unfortunately for Kevin McKidd fans though (or not depending on how you look at it) he’s going to be absent from Grey’s for a while… they’re doing a Rome movie, and he’s certainly contracted for that.

  9. Cheyenne says:

    *Yawn* I hope he takes Heigl with him.

  10. vdantev says:

    The show is largely ‘meh’ but why leave a steady paying job? In this economy? As an actor?

  11. Baholicious says:

    Never watched it. Mainly because I knew Sandra Oh(No) was in it.

  12. leigh says:

    yeah, his story line has been entirely forgettable this season. and his scenes are becoming few and far between. but i’m still kind of on ron’s side, does TR really have offers lining up? as much as i dislike Heigl, she manages to draw audiences with her shitty rom coms. TR doesn’t seem to have anything on the go, does he?

    and Ana, if i remember correctly, Washington used the f-word when speaking to Dempsey but was referring to Knight. he said something along the lines of “i won’t be your little f—– like TR.”

  13. RAN says:

    Who cares..? I stopped watching that dreary show after season two (I think) – whenever George and Izzy hooked up. Dumbest d@mn storyline ever. The show got so boring, I don’t blame them for wanting to leave. Then again, I’ve said this before… that show made those actors what/who they are today. None of them were noticed before and very few of them will be noticed afterward. Like Dante said, keep the paycheck in this economy. His whining sounds so selfish, spoiled, and arrogant.

  14. Hollz says:

    As much as I enjoy the show (most of the time) I can see George leaving the hospital if Izzie dies, which i think she’s going to (Brain tumor, obvious, yeah?)

  15. Tina says:

    I dunno, but I always found Katherine Heigl to be a cute actress with lots of appeal. Ana, she may be “a fat girl waiting to happen” but she is a welcome relief from those stick-skinny girls on the new 90210.

  16. Kim says:

    It is like a trend in hollywood. Come out of the closet, start fighting with every one, leave a nice job, remain angry and irrelevant. I am sorry for stereotyping but this has happened a lot. I was tired of him and Heigl anyway. Isaiah Washington must be laughing in his cups.

  17. Di says:

    OK. I hate to admit that I’m old enough to remember Three’s Company with Suzanne Summers. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

    She battled over her contract. They replaced her, and the show went on for several seasons. Famous Suzanne couldn’t get a job.

    And this guy is no Suzanne Summers! Average looks. Average acting. Average personality. This guy got LUCKY to be on this show. Does he think he’s going to have Brad Pitt’s career? Nope.

    Same with Heigl. She thinks she’s going to be Charlize Theron. She’s pretty, but she doesn’t have the talent. There’s a reason most tv stars can’t make it on film: they can’t sustain a story for two hours at a time, and they don’t look good enough on the big screen.

    These Grey’s Anatomy folks are SPOILED. Let them go and get a new cast.

  18. Baholicious says:

    @ Di: I get you…here’s another one: Shelley (I’m to good for Cheers) Long.

  19. Ana says:

    Thank you Leigh, I get what all the fuss was about now. I remember there being something in the news but not being a fan of the show at the time I didn’t read it.

    Tina: I haven’t watched the new 90210 but I’ll take your word for it. I think there is just something about her I don’t like. She seems so full of herself when everything about her is bland. I think it is mainly her mouth (her teeth make me cringe) and the way her knees are.

    Normally I’m not so picky about appearances but something about her brings out the inner b**** in me! :twisted:

  20. Patti Nim says:

    It’s all about Julia,Julia,Julia and like eating free chocolate while working in a chocolate producing factory, to icky sweet ..I rate this with “Lombard & Gable”, I want my money back.