'Grey's Anatomy' to bring Dr. Burke back
Seven years after his controversial exit, Isaiah Washington is heading back to Grey’s Anatomy for a one-time guest appearance with one of the other original cast members, Sandra Oh, who is set to bid farewell to the series at the end of its current 10th season.
As longtime fans know, Oh’s Dr. Cristina Yang was involved with Dr. Preston Burke (Washington); they were engaged at one point. “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “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."
Washington was fired from the series after headlines circulated that he directed gay slurs at then-closeted co-star T.R. Knight and was involved in on-set disputes with his co-stars.