T.R. Knight’s boyfriend told him to quit Greys for movie career (spoilers)

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Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight’s young boyfriend is said to have advised him to leave the show in favor of pursuing a movie career. It’s a risky move that Knight may have to follow through with, now that it’s rumored that he’s off the show after a cliffhanger season closer that seemed to show his character George’s death:

T.R. Knight was pushed to quit his starring role on “Grey’s Anatomy” – by his 20-year-old boyfriend, who thinks he should be a movie star!

That’s the shocking real story behind the TV doctor’s apparent decision not to return to the hit ABC show next season, sources say.

While it’s no secret that the openly gay 36-year-old actor has been unhappy with his lack of screen time, insiders say his boyfriend of 1 1/2 years, college student Mark Cornelsen, has been trying to convince T.R. that he’s destined to be a movie star.

“Mark definitely has stars in his eyes,” an insider told The Enquirer. “Ever since he came into T.R.’s life, he’s been pushing T.R. to shoot for a bigger career.

“Before Mark, T.R. was thrilled to be just a regular on a hit TV show…

“T.R. is unproven on the big screen, and no one is knocking down his door to star in A-list projects,” the insider pointed out.

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, June 15, 2009]

Unlike his co-worker buddy Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight has no virtually no movie credits to his name. From what I could see on IMDB, he’s made only two movies, one in 2002 and another in 2006, each of which I’ve never heard of.

Hiegl made the cross over to film while she was still starring on Grey’s, and it’s thought that her character could live although we’ll have to tune in this fall to lean Izzie and George’s fate. Starring on a TV show where you’re making good steady money and branching out into film are not mutually exclusive. Knight’s partner is just 20 years old and it sounds like he gave him some dumb, immature advice. Knight had a sweet job that he may have thrown away. Hopefully it isn’t true that he’s leaving or he has something else lined up. For now, his IMDB page ends at Grey’s.

Grey’s creator Shonda Rimes sort-of denied that Knight is leaving, and twittered that it was a ” hilarious ridiculous rumor” that he was leaving. On the other hand, she has refused to address in interviews whether Izzie and/or George were leaving so why would she be so quick to call the rumors “hilarious”?

T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelson are shown out together on 3/13/, 4/18 and 5/16/09. Credit: Fayes vision/WENN.com

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  1. (The Original) Blondie says:

    Seems as though some people are MEANT to do TV. Leaving a popular show like Grey’s to pursue a movie career may not be the best move. Look at Shemar Moore, he was fierce on Y & R and left for a movie career…He’s not doing ANYTHING these days. Why not just wait until whenever the show is finally over and THEN pursue movies? What’s the rush? He’s getting paid. Besides that, IMO he doesn’t have the “IT” factor for movies. He’s not extremely attractive-so he can’t play a leading man. And he’s not funny, outgoing, and quirky enough to play the gay best friend. Better stay put!!!

  2. Carrie says:

    Shouldn’t one already have a lively film career before quitting a hit television show to be come a movie star??

  3. vicsmith says:

    Shemar Moore has a very successful recurring role on Criminal Minds, CBS as FBl agent, Derek Morgan. But that’s leaving soaps to do a TV series. This guy shouldn’t go anywhere until he starts making movies. I do agree he’s lacking the “it” factor. Pretty boring.

  4. Neelyo says:

    That sounds like bullshit or he’s a real idiot. He’s not leading man material and he could probably stay on the show and get character work in films.

  5. photo jojo says:

    I’d rather see TR return than K Heigl. *shudder*

  6. Jane Q. Doe says:

    I hope the 20 yr old boyfriend makes enough at his job at the Gap (or from his student loans) to support them both…
    There are plenty of examples of the unwise leap into movies from TV (David Caruso, Shelley Long, etc.). Why not just be happy with the job you’ve got, that others would KILL for?

  7. Exiled says:

    Remind why you would take career advice from a 19-20 yr old?

  8. OXA says:

    TR needs to beg to keep the job on Grey’s and dump the stupid kid.

  9. Kenny says:

    Ok..Katherine Heigl is making what $6 million a movie and is one of the highest paid movie actresses in the world and yet she is still on the show. TR Knight who hasn’t made a single movie thinks its a good idea to leave for movies from a show where he is on $100K per episode? He will find it difficult if he does leave in my opinion.

  10. Feebee says:

    I hope this story isn’t true, not because I necessarily want him back on Grey’s but it will mean he’s a bit of an idiot. What’s a 36 year doing with a 20 year old, let alone taking career advice from him? The boy might as well have suggested TR leave Grey’s to become a real doctor because movie star is something I don’t think TR will ever be.

    Blondie’s right, some people are just TV people… can someone alert Jessica Biel to that too?

  11. (The Original Blondie) says:

    Jane Q. Doe:
    June 8th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I hope the 20 yr old boyfriend makes enough at his job at the Gap (or from his student loans) to support them both…


  12. Persistent Cat says:

    How could he even think he’d get a movie career. Grey’s might be his last job. He’s such a boring, unremarkable person. Would you be able to describe him 10 minutes after meeting him? Doubtful, there’s nothing interesting about him at all.

    I hate Heigl but at least she’s interesting to look at. She’ll be done soon enough. Knocked Up was more about the writing and Seth Rogen and 27 Dresses could’ve starred anyone.

  13. Ana says:

    He might do well as a costar. Like Jon Heder roles. But I would not quit Grey’s. Maybe it’s just a stunt to lure ratings.
    Grey’s hasn’t been the same since Burke left.
    Heigl may have a few more movies left but if the rumors of her being a diva not to mention all those horrible quotes she will self destruct.

  14. Maritza says:

    T.R. is so sweet and nice looking but he should stay doing Grey’s Anatomy while it lasts and stop listening to his boyfriend.

  15. Piper says:

    TR stay on Grey’s dumb the kid

  16. John says:

    TR Knight is getting whatever money he’s made from Grey’s robbed right in plain site – this 20 year old looks like trouble! The boyfriend needs to open his eyes in photos.

  17. Eden says:

    I like TR, but I would not pay $10 to see him in a movie. He’s definitely a made for tv actor.