Bon Voyage, Burke: Isaiah Washington Not Returning to Grey's Anatomy

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Forget Grey's Anatomy gossip, this is now a fact:

Isaiah Washington will not be returning to the smash show, his rep and ABC Television Studio have confirmed.

Howard Bragman, Washington's publicist, says Washington's option was not renewed, and released the following statement from the actor: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more."

We're not sure what this reference to the 1976 movie Network really means, but gay people everywhere may need to be on the lookout.

The Grey's Anatomy cast was notified Thursday night of the final decision, which, says a source close to the situation, was a long time coming. In the end, Washington's behavior made him a liability.

For those that have been too consumed by Paris Hilton to remember: Rumors ran rampant following the season finale â€" during which Washington's character, Dr. Preston Burke, broke up with his fiancée, Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), and moved out of their apartment â€" that Washington would not be returning.

The actor first came under fire last fall after getting into an altercation with Patrick Dempsey, during which he allegedly referred to castmate T.R. Knight with a homophobic slur.

Washington later apologized, checked into rehab, met with gay leaders and recently released a PSA decrying the use of hate speech. Katherine Heigl had even seemed to give her blessing for his return.

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