I don’t watch Access Hollywood and my patience for red carpet specials has waned severely, so I hadn’t heard of Katherine Heigl’s comment on the Isiah Washington/T.R. Knight situation until I read Planet Out’s Personality Machine:
In response to Washington’s use of the slur when addressing the situation last night, Heigl spoke out.
“I’m going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period. I’m sorry, that did not need to be said, I’m not okay with it,” Katherine told Shaun.
When asked if she thought it was just an off-the-cuff remark, Heigl added, “I have no idea what it was, I just find it hurtfulÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I just feel like this is something that should be very much in house we need to deal with and it’s among us and the cast and crew and among Shonda [Rimes, show creator] and the producers.”
Heigl said that she hoped they work the situation out, making her loyalty to Knight, who plays Dr. George O’Malley on the hit show, clear.
“I don’t think [Washington] means it the way he comes offÃ¢â‚¬Â¦But, T.R. is my best friend. I will throw down for that kid. I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if you hurt his feelings,” she said.
We’ve been long-standing fans of Heigl here at PopGurls, and this just made me adore her more. In an industry where things are mostly talked about in hush-hush tones behind the velvet rope — unless, of course, it’s about someone heading into rehab, flashing their hoo-hah or adopting a designer baby — it’s rare to find someone willing to go public and stand up for someone she loves. Like how Heigl burst on The WB scene with Roswell, all luscious curves and smoldering, old-fashioned Hollywood glam, a refreshing change and stunning beauty in a world of stick-thin teen starlets. (Of course you’re still stunning, but honey, please — gain some weight!) Here, now, broadcasting her devotion to her friend, Katherine Heigl shows just another way she’s so incredibly beautiful.
I want to Katie to be my friend. I’ll throw down for her, I promise!