I love Gray's. I love that the characters are flawed. That the characters have redeeming qualitys. Alex is a jerk with a big mushy spot. George is a wuss with a puppy dog personality and a strong loyalty streak. Christina is a freak who when push comes to shove, stands by those she loves, even if she can't admit to herself that she loves them. Mere is a whiney, trampy, confused, damaged, etc. but I would totally be friends with her were we running in the same circle. And Bailey, is there anyone who doesn't love Bailey? She is all kinds of wonderful. But even she drops the ball sometimes.
I love the show. I will love it whether Washington stays or goes. I admit not really being into his character, but I love Sandra Oh, so I have watched their scenes with interest because of her. But if he leaves the show "because" Burke can't be a surgeon anymore, I will not be sad. They will find someone to fill the hunky void. His homophobic rants can go elsewhere. His laying of hands on a co-worker can go elsewhere. It is not a long shot to believe that they would replace him.
1. His character is in a story arc where he could conceivably leave.
2. Homophobic remarks hurt moral and there are serveral cast members with a higher profile than him.
3. Physical scuffles are very troubling to any set. If he truly shoved or grabbed any cast member by the throat he should be gone.
I'm am sorry to all the IW fans, you guys and gals deserve better.
I have no info on whether he is staying or leaving, but this story just keeps getting worse and worse so I can see it happening. The show should be the story, not this.