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Isaiah Washington Returning to 'Grey's Anatomy' - Find Out Why!

Isaiah Washington Returning to 'Grey's Anatomy' - Find Out Why!

Isaiah Washington will be returning to the hit series Grey’s Anatomy seven years after he was fired from the show.

The 50-year-old actor will be guest starring on an episode of the show this May to help say farewell to Sandra Oh and her character Cristina.

“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Shonda Rhimes said in a statement (via THR). “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

Isaiah was fired from the show for on-set clashes with cast and crew and for the anti-gay remarks he made directed at his then-closeted co-star T.R. Knight.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Isaiah Washington returning to Grey’s Anatomy?

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  • soy

    is this the new ER? 20 seasons… 100 character cast

  • kelli

    enough time has passed to have forgotten what he said/did. I bet they will bring him back f/t again


    Awesome, Burke

  • Madison

    All the characters are leaving. They might as well end the show after this season.

  • Danielle

    I’m so excited, can’t wait to see Burke on the show again :)

  • Maddy

    I don’t want Cristina Yang to leave!! I don’t see the point in watching anymore.


    I think it’s awesome that they’re bringing him back. I hope that Shonda decides to bring him back full time next season. I do believe that we are all human and that if we apologize for the mistakes that we’ve made we deserve forgiveness. He definitely deserves a second chance.

  • Diedre

    I think it’s great they’re bringing him back. He should never have been fired in the first place.
    He shouldn’t have said what he did, but it could have been handled much differently.
    Diva brats Heigl and Knight threw a fit and got him fired. Where are both of them now? Seems nobody wants to work with them.

  • Julie

    I just heard they are bringing Isiah back and I couldn’t be more upset. He was fired for making anti-gay remarks. You do something like that once, you’ll never change and it’s just a matter of time before it happens again. I really hope he’s only going to be on the one episode.

  • Shelley McConnell

    The only reason he’s making a guest appearance is to give Christina a reason to leave. She will be going with Burke to whatever hospital he is doing cutting edge work at. And he is her soul mate. Closure. Owen wants kids, family, Burke wants more Harper Avery Awards, and just Christina.

  • Richelle

    Thank you, Shonda Rimes! Burke’s character has been sorely missed. It is absolutely brilliant to have Yang leave because of Burke. After cringing for several episodes with the nasty bickering between Meredith and Cristina and thinking it would be the reason for the departure, my faith in your incredible writing skills has been restored. Prepare for one of the show’s highest rated episodes!!!

  • Roberta

    Isn’t it great that they rather have back a guy who was fired over Heigl, who decided to leave? To me, that speaks volume. Heigl stated a while ago the desire to come back and give her character some closure, but Shonda wouldn’ t have it. She left the show thinking her movie career would take off, but was dead wrong and then, after a few failures, decided to go back to Grey’s. Burke wasn’t my favorite character, but I don’t think he sould have been fired, They could have worked out. Good on Shonda on bringing hi, back. I whish he would be back permanently.

  • Myrna – New Fan!

    I just started watching Grey’s Anatomy and in the last few months started back at Season 1 to see every episode in every season. I am pleased that Washington is returning and look forward to the impact his return will have on Christina. I am really sorry to see Oh leave the show but I have grown a liking to the new characters. Looking forward to watching many more seasons!!!

  • William F. Slater III

    I have been BEGGING for this since he was Booted. Seriously! Thank God!!! I LOVE Dr. Preston Burke!!!!!

  • Carli

    He should never have been fired. Washington explained the context of what he said and why he said it. While he should never have used the “F” word, he surely didn’t deserve to lose his job over it that’s for sure.

  • Roberta

    @Myrna – New Fan!: I have been a fan for a long time and can guarantee, you have some amazing moments ahead. My favorite seasons are: Season 2, 3 and 6. The others are ok too.

  • Taylor

    I am so Happpy! I missed him so much

  • Whitney

    I really hope he isn’t coming back for a funeral or something because they decided to kill of Christina like almost every other main character that has left the show!

  • Valex

    Think it’s great that Burke returns. Wouldn’t be right to say goodbye to the Christina Yang character without closing the loop on her relationship with Burke.

  • E Hodges

    Very, very cool. I have to admit, I stopped watching after Dr Preston Burke left. He and Christina were the ish for me on that show… Christiana in her crazy, impulsive wildness and Burke, the calm anchor. So glad he is coming back. I hope Christina sails off into the sunset with him. They were an amazing match and their chemistry was palpable. Looking forward to seeing Dr Preston Burke again… :)