TR Knight just couldn’t live in a glass closet: ‘It wasn’t an option for me. I just didn’t want to live that way’
It’s been more than 10 years since TR Knight came out publicly as a gay man.
It happened after former Grey’s Anatomy co-star Isaiah Washington referred to him as a ‘faggot’ during an on-set fight with Patrick Dempsey.
Speculation began and Knight chose to end it by releasing a statement which read in part: ‘I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.’
Knight, now 43, says in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly: ‘I had a choice. I guess I could’ve done the glass closet thing but I knew people who were living in that and it wasn’t an option for me. I just didn’t want to live that way.’
Washington was fired by the end of that season and Knight left a few years later after a ‘breakdown of communication’ with producer Shonda Rhimes.
‘Even though it was a little dramatic for a couple of years, every event led to something else,’ Knight says. ‘My departure from Grey’s led me to go back to New York, which led me to meeting my husband. He really is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’
Knight married writer Patrick Leahy in 2013.
Since his five-year stint on Grey’s, Knight had appeared in Broadway plays, has had a recurring role on the CBS drama The Good Wife, appeared in the Hulu series 11.22.63 and is part of the ABC miniseries When We Rise which premieres next week.
He’s also reconciled with Rhimes and next month begins a recurring role on her ABC series The Catch.
‘It’s been fantastic> It leaves me with a very grateful and thankful heart to be invited back.’