Isaiah Washington Returning to GREY'S ANATOMY for Single Episode

Isaiah Washington Returning to GREY'S ANATOMY for Single Episode

Dr. Preston Burke will soon be returning to GREY'S ANATOMY.

According to Variety, Isaiah Washington will appear in a single episode of Shonda Rhimes' long-running medical drama, which will focus on the departure of Sandra Oh's character Cristina Yang.

Burke, a cardiothoracic surgeon, was Yang's love interest on the show's earlier seasons. Washington was famously removed from the series in 2007 after insulting former co-star T.R. Knight with a homophobic slur.

"It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," Rhimes said today. "Burke is vital to that journey."

With Washington returning, Rhimes said it will create a "full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."

Whether in his professional life as an actor and producer or his personal role as a husband, father and activist, Isaiah Washington passionately commits himself to all ventures. As an actor, critics have lauded Isaiah's ability to effortlessly disappear into each role. Winner of two NAACP Image Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Washington most recently appeared in Jeymes Samuel's They Die By Dawn starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Harry Lennix, Erykah Badu, Jesse Williams, and Rosario Dawson; and he will produce and star in the upcoming films The Undershepherd and Blue Caprice in theaters this Fall and Summer 2013, respectively. Washington has also produced and starred in Tony Abulu's film Dr. Bello; recently co-starred with Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte in The Trials of Cate McCall, also due out in 2013; and co-starred in John Sayles Go For Sisters starring LisGay Hamilton,Yolonda Ross, Edward James Olmos and Hector Elizondo. He is currently producing five other films: Africans vs African Americans, Precipice, Live Or Die, One Last Pimp Out/Waiting for Nick, and God Gave Us Tomorrow.. Washington also completed his first memoir, A Man From Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life, (Hachette/Centre Street Publishing) and is now producing the Audiobook version for iTunes.

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