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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.

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Isaiah Washington: Patrick Dempsey Made Me Use the F-word

Isaiah Washington is blaming co-star Patrick Dempsey‘s lateness to the Grey’s Anatomy set for the “brawl” that riled Washington up enough to use a homophobic slur.

Washington spoke up about his experience on Larry King Live and explains that he “regretted not confronting Dempsey the first time he was late, so he challenged him the second time.”

On Dempsey first erupting: “He became unhinged, sprayed spittle in my face. I’m asking him why is he screaming at me. … He just becomes irate.”

On Knight claiming the slur was directed at him: “It’s a lie. He misrepresented himself.” (He says he used the term “faggot” as a synonym for “wimp”.)

On Knight lying to advance his career and to get more money: “He has been very disappointed in playing the character he has been playing. He told me that.”

On repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globe Awards: “I wish I could take that back.”

On defending his actions: “I am not homophobic – in no way, shape or form.”

Washington fought back years when King asked if any cast members had written to him. Only Sandra Oh had sent him an email…

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Isaiah Washington -- FIRED!

Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, aka Dr. Preston Burke, has been fired from the hit ABC medical drama, according to TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello.

Washington‘s rep Howard Bragman confirmed that Grey’s creator Shonda Rimes told Washington over the phone that he would not be invited back to the show next season.

The decision was reportedly due only in part to Washington referring to co-star T.R. Knight as something-derogatory-that-I-won’t-repeat-here. In part? Yeah, right!

Isaiah Washington, YOU’RE FIRED!

Isaiah Washington's PSA -- Now on Video!

Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington, aka Dr. Preston Burke, recorded a PSA for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, which will premiere Thursday night on ABC.

This is in response to calling co-star T.R. Knight co-star a “faggot” last year and then repeating the word at the Golden Globes. “No, I did not call T.R. a faggot,” he told Access Hollywood at the Globes press room back in January. “Never happened, never happened.”

In the PSA, Isaiah says, “Words have power, the power to express love, happiness and joy. They also have the power to heal. When you use words to demean a person because of their sexual orientation, race or gender, you send a message of hate – a very powerful message. But we all have the power to demand better of one another, and ourselves. We have the power to heal and change the world with the words we use.”

Watch the video at People.

Grey's Anatomy Season Finale Spoilers

Here are some great spoiler pictures for the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy!

ABC synopsis: Cristina and Burke’s wedding day arrives – along with the interns’ first exam results – and a successor to the Chief is named, as Callie and George make a big decision about their relationship.

Looks like Cristina gets a bridal shower from her Seattle Grace gal pals… McDreamy is Burke’s best man… Addison sits next to Karev at the wedding… and Cristina’s wedding dress looks great!

But will Burketina make it down the aisle? We’ll find out soon enough…

Grey’s Anatomy season finale episode “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” airs on Thursday, May 17 @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC.

20+ pictures inside of the Season 3 Grey’s Anatomy season finale… More Here! »

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Grey's Anatony: It's a Wrap!

The stars of Grey’s Anatomy wrapped up their season with a celebratory cake (pictured below) that read:

“THAT’S A WRAP
GREY’S ANATOMY
THANKS FOR A GOOD SEASON”

Spotted on set wrapping up filming for the season finale were Katherine Heigl (smoking a ciggy with singer fiance Josh Kelley), Ellen Pompeo, Sara Ramirez, and Isaiah Washington.

Of course, Ellen had to run off a buy her requisite magazines to read while filming…

25+ pictures inside from the Grey’s Anatomy set… More Here! »

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Grey's Anatony Wedding Scene -- Part Deux

Here’s Part II (see part I) of the wedding scene on the set of Grey’s Anatomy held at the First Baptist Church in Hollywood on Monday.

Patrick Dempsey acted like his gentlemanly self, opening the car door up for co-star Ellen Pompeo. Isaiah Washington smokes some more on his cigar… And Diahann Carroll (Mama Jane/Burke’s mother) was also on set in her matronly wedding gown.

20+ pictures inside of the Grey’s Anatomy wedding scene… More Here! »

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