Isaiah Washington has declared his retirement from acting at the age of 59, blaming the decision on ‘haters’.
The Grey’s Anatomy alum, 59, took to Twitter this week to announce his early retirement and to inform fans that his film Corsicana may be his final performing job.
‘I am announcing my early retirement from the entertainment industry today with a heavy heart and a sense of relief,’ wrote the actor, who was sacked from Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 after allegedly using a homophobic slur against costar T.R. Knight.
‘Those who have been Following/Witnessing my journey here on Twa***r since 2011 all know that I have fought the good fight, but it seems that the haters, provocateurs and the Useful Idiots have won.’
‘I’m no longer interested in the back and forth discussing a “color construct” that keeps us human beings separated, nor am I interested in politics or anything inflammatory,’ said the Texas-born performer. I intend to tour this magnificent country before it succumbs to Socialism and ultimately Communism.’
‘Until then, know that this Frederick Douglass Conservative will keep his powder dry and loves you all!’
Washington went on to add: ‘I am truly grateful for your support over the years. It looks like CORSICANA #CorsicanaMovie may be the last time you see me as an Actor born here in America.’
‘Just know that I will be posting a few pictures of my retirement shenanigans here and there, but until then. Be safe out there. Your loved ones love you and need you. SALUTE!’
Washington gained to prominence on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Preston Burke, a highly accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon.
After three seasons, he was sacked after being accused of using a homophobic slur in regard to co-star T. R. Knight – who later came out as homosexual – while arguing with co-star Patrick Dempsey on set.
He then disputed using the term as a slur, claiming instead that he instructed Patrick to stop treating him like a ‘F-word,’ which he defined as “someone who is weak and frightened to fight back.”