appearance on Wednesday's broadcast of The Ellen
DeGeneres Show began with the usual talk-show
banter: discussions of nude scenes, what T.R. stands
for, the goofy face the actor makes when he dances.
But in the second half of the interview, when Knight
(newly dubbed McYummy by DeGeneres) started talking
about the ongoing tiff on the Grey's Anatomy
set, things turned substantial.
Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey got into an
altercation that ended with Washington calling Knight
a "faggot." The event forced Knight to come out
"It's not my
thing to call up People magazine and be like,
'Hey, you want to know something about me?'" he said.
DeGeneres that he had never been called a "faggot" to
his face before, and that suddenly triggered something that
was "bigger than myself." He then thanked her for her
bravery in coming out as a lesbian a decade ago.
doing is going to mean something to other people that
are seeing this right now," DeGeneres said, "because you're
an amazing guy."
It was all very
touching, actually. Knight had nothing to add to the
recent spewing by Washington after the Golden Globes on
Monday night, when he denied ever using the slur.
''No, I did not
call T.R. a faggot,'' Washington said in an interview
after Grey's Anatomy took the award for Best TV
Drama. ''Never happened; never happened.''
keeps digging a deeper hole, Knight adds DeGeneres to
his list of friends. Knight's costar Katherine Heigl told
Access Hollywood at a postshow party that she
found Washington's comments that night hurtful.
''I don't think
[Washington] means it the way he comes off,'' she said to
the Associated Press. ''But T.R. is my best friend...I will
use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if
you hurt his feelings.''