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T.R. Knight Asks to Leave 'Grey's Anatomy'

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People.com: Seattle Grace is about to lose another doctor.

Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight, who has played lovable intern George O'Malley since the show's debut, has asked producers to write him off the hit medical drama.

While details of his exit have yet to be ironed out, a source close to the situation says that it seems likely Knight's request will be granted and he will be released from his contract.

Recent reports that Knight has not been attending table-reads for upcoming episodes or that he had walked off the set and cleaned out his dressing room are inaccurate, a rep for Knight tells PEOPLE: "He has been there every day. He was at a table read yesterday. He hasn't said goodbye to anyone." The rep had no further comment on his possible exit.

Of speculation that Knight was still upset about former cast member Isaiah Washington's alleged use of a homophobic slur about him -- which prompted Knight to reveal he was gay, and which some felt series creator Shonda Rhimes took too long to rectify with Washington's dismissal -- a source familiar with Grey's says it is false.

"The Isaiah stuff has no relevance at all," says the source. "T.R. doesn't even know why people would mention it. It was so long ago."

So why does Knight, who remains a fan favorite, want to leave?

"Have you seen the show lately?" says the source. Knight has received little screen time this season, with the show focusing on controversial storylines like the romance between Katherine Heigl's Izzie and her long-dead lover, Denny.

"It's time to move on," says the source. "It just feels like this is the right time to go."

News of Knight's possible exit, first reported by EW.com, comes after Grey's made headlines last month when actress Brooke Smith, who played Dr. Erica Hahn, was abruptly let go from the show.

ABC had no comment.

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Just Me December 10, 2008, 9:48 AM

Last year Katherine Heigl threw a public hissy fit about the writers not focusing on her character enough, which resulted in this lame story line between Izzy & Denny. She’s getting the screen time she wanted but at the expense of the other actors…..like Katherine’s “so called” best friend T.R. I wonder if he’s merely pulling a “Katherine” in hopes of forcing the writers to put HIS character in the spotlight again? Don’t any of these actors realize how fortunate they are to HAVE a job on a top rated show?

Grey's Fan?? December 10, 2008, 12:20 PM

I’ve been a fan of the show since day one but this season’s story line (can we call it return of the dead?)leaves me mourning for the return of McDreamy’s ex-wife. (I know she’s on Private Practice now and I watch that too but let’s face it she did a better job on Grey’s) Don’t get me wrong the ghost guy, whatever his name is, is one HOT TAMALE, but its time they wrap it up and commit IZZY the loony ward so they can move on to a more believable story line.


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