The actor says that after a tumultuous season, he's looking forward to a break

By Sara Hammel
Updated April 16, 2007 10:45 AM

Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight says he’s looking forward to some time off from the hit show.

Knight, who was at the center of an uproar last year when costar Isaiah Washington allegedly referred to him by a homophobic slur, was asked by Access Hollywood how things were on the set.

“We have about 20 days left [until the season ends], not that I’m counting,” he said. “It’s going to be nice to have two months away, you know. I think everyone’s looking forward to it.”

Knight, 34, made his comments at the GLAAD Media Awards in Hollywood on Saturday, where Grey’s won an award for outstanding individual episode for “Where the Boys Are.”

Asked if the summer break would give Knight time to reflect upon the tumultuous season, he said: “Yeah, to learn from it. Grow. That’s the hope; that’s my hope.”

The trouble started in October when Washington reportedly used the slur during an on-set argument with costar Patrick Dempsey. Shortly after the incident, Knight confirmed to PEOPLE that he is gay.

He later told Ellen DeGeneres that hearing Washington use the word gave him the courage to come out. In January, Washington apologized and checked into rehab.

Knight, who opened the awards show on Saturday, told Access Hollywood he’s not sure the wounds from the dustup have truly begun to heal. “I don’t know,” he said. “We’re showing up and doing our work. … There’s a lot of work to be done, so that’s my focus.”

Asked if his relationship with Washington is on the mend, Knight said, “I just focus on doing the work. That’s my job; that’s what I’m paid for, and I think that’s enough.”