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Isaiah Washington Returns to 'Grey's Anatomy' to Mark Sandra Oh's Departure

March 7, 2014 (1:44 am) GMT
Washington is set to reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke in an upcoming episode to bring Cristina's story 'full-circle.'
Isaiah Washington Returns to 'Grey's Anatomy' to Mark Sandra Oh's Departure

is heading back to Seattle Grace Hospital. The former series regular of "", whose exit was highly publicized in 2007, is going to return for an episode this May to help mark the upcoming departure of 's Dr. Cristina Yang at the end of the season.

His character, Dr. Preston Burke, had a romantic relationship with Cristina in the first three seasons. The last time viewers saw him, he left Cristina at the altar because he felt that she didn't actually want to get married.

"It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," says series creator Shonda Rhimes. "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 unceremoniously dropped from the ABC medical drama series following an on-set argument between himself and co-star during which he reportedly directed the word "f****t" at then cast mate . He now has a role on The CW's new series "" which will debut Wednesday, March 19 at 9 P.M. ET/PT.

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