PopWatch's 'Grey's Anatomy' conspiracy theory

123319__oh_lIt could just be the washed-up carcass of Meredith, but something about Grey’s Anatomy smells fishy here at PopWatch HQ. ABC announced today that Taye Diggs has joined the Grey’s spinoff about mighty neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery. So think about it: creator Shonda Rhimes wants Isaiah Washington outta there, but needs a sneaky way to do it besides a straight-up firing. So she can introduce Diggs’ character in a Grey’s epiosde that will serve as a back-door pilot to the Addison spinoff, and she can quietly write Washington out at the end of the season by breaking up Burke and Cristina (Sandra Oh, pictured).  Then, if the Addison show isn’t a great big hit (or if it never gets off the ground in the first place), she and Taye can merge back into the Seattle Grace lovefest, and there’ll be a new attractive black man who is not a known homophobe on Grey’s. The switch can be blamed on story lines and development decisions. With all the glam publicity sure to accompany all of this, it’s a win-win for ABC.

What do you think? Are we being overly conspiratorial, or is this a plausible scenario?

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  • I love him but..

    Isn’t Taye Diggs the kiss of death for tv sitcoms, whether old (Ally McBeal) or new (Day Break). I guess Shonda just can’t look past that smile.

  • Caitlin

    i love taye diggs, but i see him as a movie man, not tv. and if rhimes really wanted to get rid of isaiah, shouldn’t see write him in the spin off, which is, let’s face it, doomed to fail?

  • Vicki

    Isaiah won’t be going anywhere.

  • Thataboy

    Oh god, Taye Diggs? Why do I feel as if I’ve lived through this day before, over and over and over and …

  • Dre

    They should get rid of Snadra Oh. She doesn’t fit in a show full of “dreamys” and “steamys” when her looks simply make folks queezy.

  • Jessica

    Nice way to push your own agenda, EW. I had held you in higher esteem than other websites. I will do so no longer.

  • Jyoti

    That’s a lot of money to be spending just to get rid of an actor and fill the ‘black lead’ quota. I don’t buy it, sorry.

  • Anonymous

    I still think this is SUCH a bad idea…

  • Victoria

    Wow, Dre, a lot of people think that Sandra Oh is quite attractive, myself included. Sorry she doesn’t fit into your botoxed reality and instead represents a quirky beauty that I find wonderful to see on screen.
    As for the conspiracy theory I don’t buy it, but who knows. Odder things have happened behind the scenes.

  • Brian K

    Please let this be true! I don’t like the one-for-one trade idea, but Washington has GOT to go. Whatever it takes, I’m fine with. Of course, I would also be fine with Meredith dying….

  • Ernesto

    Washington SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED!!!!!! Period, I don’t care how they get rid of him, just do it!! What an a** that guy is seriously, and I am not even gay but if it had been a race issue I know I would have been personally offended so that’s where I’m coming from.

  • Ernesto

    Sandra Oh is the best drama actress on TV next to Mariska Hargitay and I also think she is a really sexy, beautiful and smart woman.God bless her because without her ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ would be a very different show, just check her reactions tonight when she finds out Meredith isn’t reaction.She is amazing!!!!

  • John

    get rid o’ Isiah Washington already

  • Jessica

    I really think Burke needs to be fired or die or something on the show because what Mr. Washington said should not be tolerated and I hate his character! I think Christina is so much more interesting on her own and they way he pushes her to be someone other than who she is for their relationship is horrible. It will be great for May sweeps!

  • pfitz

    My prediction is that Burke dies tonight….

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