Isaiah Washington is set to reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke, aka Cristina's ex on the ABC drama, Spoilers Guide has learned.
This marks the first appearance of Washington on the show after getting pink slipped in 2006. In season 3, he departed the series after an incident on-set where he used the word "faggot" in reference to former co-star, T.R. Knight.
It's been learned that Sandra Oh who plays Dr. Cristina Yang is set to exit the series this year. And with Burke's return, Yang may now be able to tie loose ends between them.
Creator Shonda Rhimes has expressed her thoughts on the return of Burke in a statement. She 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.”
Washington, who currently stars on the CW's The 100, will appear in one May episode.
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