Actor Isaiah Washington, best known for playing Dr. Preston Burke for three seasons on “Grey’s Anatomy,” announced his retirement from acting.
The Grey’s Anatomy alum, 59, took to Twitter with a lengthy statement announcing his early retirement and letting fans know that his film Corsicana may be his final acting project.
“It is with a heavy heart and a sense of relief that I am announcing my early retirement from the entertainment industry today,”
‘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.’
The Texas-born star also shared his post-retirement plans: “I’m no longer interested in the back and forth regarding a “color construct” that keeps us human beings divided nor am I interested in politics or anything vitriolic. I will be traveling this great country before it falls into Socialism and then 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.”
He wrapped up his statement writing: ‘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 was axed from “Grey’s Anatomy” ahead of the long-running series’ fourth season for using a homophobic slur against costar T.R. Knight both on set and at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
While he initially denied ever using the slur at first, he later said it happened in the heat of the moment and followed up with an apology.
“I can neither defend nor explain my behavior,” he said in a statement at the time. “I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help.”