After five seasons, Knight announced that was leaving the medical drama. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly in July 2009, the actor said that he and Rhimes had a “gradual breakdown of communication” over the years. “My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given [about George],” he said. “And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that.”
Knight also alleged during the interview that Rhimes was “concerned” about him coming out “so close” to Washington’s headline-making slur.
Rhimes denied his claim: “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 [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.”Back to top