Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey’s Anatomy this season, 7 years after being fired for using anti-gay slurs.

Washington will be reprising the role of Dr. Preston Burke for one episode: he will be back to say goodbye to his former on-screen love, Dr. Christina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, who is leaving.

Fans of the show were shocked in 2007 to learn that during a fight on set with Patrick Dempsey he called their fellow co-star T.R. Knight, who’s gay, a f****t.  The shows creators let him go shortly after that.

The love story of Dr. Burke and Dr. Yang was one of the most popular story lines on the show, so many Grey’s fans will be excited to see Washington back and sharing screen time with Oh once again.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes stated that the character of Burke returning, “gives her

story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang“.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays on ABC, 9 PM(EST).  You can catch all of the first 9 seasons on DVD, Netflix or Google Play.  Netflix is free for the first month, after that it’s $8 a month.  Google Play has individual episodes for $1.99 or a full season for $35.99.

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