Isaiah Washington says that he’ll be taking an “early retirement” from acting, complaining that “the haters, provocateurs and the Useful Idiots have won.” Washington remains best known for portraying Dr.
Preston Burke in the early seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” until being infamously fired in 2007 amidst a cloud of controversy due to an alleged on-set altercation with Patrick Dempsey over his use of a homophobic slur to refer to co-star T.R.
Knight. On Feb. 28, Washington took to Twitter to reveal he was throwing in the towel, and would no longer be pursuing acting roles. READ MORE: Isaiah Washington Claims ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Was Paid $5M To Keep Quiet About ‘Toxic & Nasty’ Patrick Dempsey “It is with a heavy heart and a sense of relief that I am announcing my early retirement from the entertainment industry today,” he wrote. “Those who have been Following/Witnessing my journey here on Twatter since 2011 all know that I have fought the good fight, but it seems that the haters, provocateurs and the Useful Idiots have won,” he continued. “I’m no longer interested in the back and forth regarding a ‘color construct’ that keeps us human beings divided nor am I interested in politics or anything vitriolic,” he added, before injecting a note of right-wing politics into his message. READ MORE: Isaiah Washington Claims Ellen Pompeo Was ‘Uncomfortable’ With Him Potentially Playing Her ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Love Interest “I will be traveling this great country before it falls into Socialism and then Communism,” he wrote. “Until then, know that this Frederick Douglass Conservative will keep his powder dry and loves you all!” Washington concluded, “I am truly grateful for your support over the years.Read more on etcanada.com