Grey's Anatomy Stunner: Who's Returning?

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In a shocking announcement, Grey's Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes confirmed today that Isaiah Washington will check back in to her ABC series to help bid farewell to Sandra Oh in May.

The actor departed the series at the conclusion of Season 3 amidst a firestorm he created by referring to then-colleague T.R. Knight by a gay slur.

Washington's character, Dr. Preston Burke, was written off the drama when he left Oh's Cristina at the altar.

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Oh, meanwhile, said last year that she would be leaving the drama following Grey's Anatomy Season 10.

Said Rhimes in a statement:

“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.”

No word yet on what brings Burke back into the fold or how Rhimes will send Yang on her way.

But it's been presumed for awhile now that the surgeon will not be killed off.

Washington starred briefly on NBC's Bionic Woman after getting the boot from Grey's Anatomy, but will soon pick up his first regular TV role in years when he appears on The CW's The 100.

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