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“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” that’s the statement issued by actor Isaiah Washington after ABC Television announced Washington will not be returning to its hit show, “Grey’s Anatomy.” Howard Bragman, Washington's publicist, says Washington's option was not renewed thereby firing the actor from the show.
The cast was notified Thursday night of the final decision, which, says a source close to the situation, was a long time coming. In the end, the source says, Washington's behavior made him a liability. Rumors ran rampant following the season finale – during which Washington's character, Dr. Preston Burke, broke up with his fiancée, Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), and moved out of their apartment – that Washington would not be returning.
The actor first came under fire last fall after getting into an altercation with Patrick Dempsey, during which he allegedly referred to castmate T.R. Knight with a homophobic slur – the “f” word. Washington later apologized, checked into rehab, met with gay leaders and recently released a PSA decrying the use of hate speech. Washington, who’s featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel, this week just returned from Sierre Leone where he’s building a primary school in the region.
Inspired by the discovery of his direct genetic link to the Mende´ people of Sierra Leone, Washingon through his Gondobay Manga Foundation starting working to improve the lives of the people there.
His Los Angeles based non-profit Gondobay Manga Foundation has stepped up its efforts in building a primary education school in the rural village of Njala Kendema in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where 70 percent of the country's population lives below the poverty line and 26 percent are unable to meet the basic food requirements.
Named the Chief Foday Golia Memorial School, the school is expected to seat 150 students upon completion in August 2007 with plans to accommodate more students in the future. Currently, the village of Njala Kendema has 115 children of primary education age (K-5th grades). In addition to classrooms, the school will also have living quarters for teachers. When asked about the name of the school, the Foundation's founder actor Isaiah Washington shared, "I was told that Chief Golia prayed that a school be built for his children in his village of Njala Kendema on his death bed. I am just trying to fulfill that prayer, seeing that 'Isaiah' means 'Salvation of God.'"