The on set shoving match between Grey's Anatomy stars Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey was only one incident in season of tension that has sparked plenty of rumors.
After using a homophobic slur against gay co-star T.R. Knight and causing the ruckus with Dempsey, Washington is apologizing - but is it too late?
Washington tells People magazine that he's sorry for the trouble he's caused. "I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set," Isaiah said in a statement. "Both are beneath my own personal standards. … I have nothing but respect for my coworkers … and have apologized personally to everyone involved."
Various reports about the dispute have circulated, but co-star Katherine Heigl appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show Tuesday and played down the incident: "There was some scuffle. ... I don't know what the fight was about. ... It was something silly and manly. There was a little burst of testosterone in the room, and then within five minutes ... they were totally fine and joking with each other and laughing."
The "litte burst of testosterone" between Dempsey and Washington occured in early October, when Washington grabbed Dempsey by the throat and yelled, "I'm not your little faggot like T.R."
According to TMZ.com, Washington has a history of questionable on-set incidents. On the set of 2002's "Soul Food", he aggressively kissed a costar during a scene, and when she reacted irately he reportedly screamed at her and the film's crew. In 1997 Washington lost a guest-star role on the series "High Incident" after he got into fisticuffs with a crew member.
Washington was to have taped an interview Tuesday with DeGeneres to appear today, but canceled (citing a change in his production schedule) after Heigl playfully warned DeGeneres to "step back" during Washington's appearance. DeGeneres responded by saying Washington "better not call me a name ... I'll be swinging."