Isaiah Washington Returning To Grey's Anatomy

The actor who played Burke on Grey's Anatomy will reprise his role in a one-off show

By Andrea Tim | Published: 11 Mar 2014

Dr. Burke Returns
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Isaiah Washington may have been famously ousted from medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy on a bad note seven years ago, but reconciliation is due for his character Dr. Preston Burke and if not us, his former love interest, once fiancée Dr. Cristina Yang.

The 50-year-old actor was last seen on Grey’s third season finale where his character Burke left Cristina (played by Sandra Oh) at the altar on their wedding day.

Isaiah will return as a guest star for a May episode, which will lead towards Sandra exiting the show. Her character is one of six main characters who have been on Grey's Anatomy for all ten seasons.

The show's creator, Shonda Rhimes said in a statement that it is important that Burke returns to give Cristina's story that "full circle moment we need to properly say goodbye" to her.

Isaiah was dropped from the show due to his homophobic slurs concerning co-star T.R. Knight who played George O'Malley in the first five seasons. However, Isaiah had reportedly apologised for his derogatory statement and behaviour afterwards, and has in recent years been known to show support for the LGBT community with statements that promote marriage equality.


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