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Isaiah Washington back to 'Grey's Anatomy' -- for one episode

Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on

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Isaiah Washington, one of the core actors on one of the core ABC series of the past decade -- "Grey's Anatomy" -- is returning to the show he was fired from. For one episode only. (Yes, a sweeps episode, to air in May.)

A surprise? A largish one certainly, given his exit -- a particularly ugly one.  Per a statement, first reported in EW, show creator Shonda Rhimes said: 

”It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. 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.”


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Yang, of course, is played by Sandra Oh, and Burke was Preston Burke, her lover. Oh is leaving at the end of this season.

The backstory, which you kinda must remember: He used a homophobic slur against T.R. Knight, reported someplace (probably TMZ). There was a huge fuss, and Knight -- who played Dr. George O'Malley -- subsequently came out; then, at a Golden Globes press conference, Washington denied he ever used the slur, then promptly used the slur ...

And that was that. A strange, sad end for a talented actor who has struggled to find work ever since.  

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