Lynette Rice’s new book, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy, sheds a brighter light on the events that led to Isaiah Washington‘s controversial exit from Grey’s Anatomy in 2007. Isaiah, who played Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama for the first three seasons, was fired after using a homophobic slur during a physical fight with Patrick Dempsey on set.
Writer Mark Wilding recalls in the book, It was my episode. I think one of them had been late to set one day and the other one then decided to pay him back by being late himself. Then it sort of exploded. They got into an arguing match, and then before you know it they were physically fighting. I was standing there in video village. I’m, like, six feet four inches. I’m bigger than both of them. But I didn’t really jump in right away because I’m like, I don’t know if I want to get involved.”