By Liku Zelleke
The people at “Grey’s Anatomy” have managed to surprise everyone by announcing that Isaiah Washington would be returning to the show, seven years after he had been fired from it. Washington was fired for making a serie of gay slurs during rehearsal and with the changing political climate, this can destroy a celebrity’s career. This is also what makes Washington’s return that much more amazing.
Washington, 50, will come back in his role as Dr. Preston Burke for one episode that is scheduled to air in May. His return will help push the storyline as the show says goodbye to the character of Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh.
Before he had to leave the show in 2007, Washington played a cardiothoracic surgeon who had a romantic relationship with Oh’s character. The creator of “Grey’s Anatomy“, Shonda Rhimes, said that bringing Washington back was integral for the “full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
She also said that it was important to her that “Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should, Burke is vital to that journey.”
The last time Dr. Burke was seen on the show was on the season three finale. He left Cristina at the altar after it became apparent that she didn’t actually want to get married.
Since then, Washington has acted in movies like “Blue Caprice” and “Go for Sisters“. He will also be appearing in the new CW show, “The 100“, which will be debuting in about a month’s time.
Meanwhile, for Sandra Oh, the decision to leave “Grey’s Anatomy” was a very tough decision to make. In fact, she told The Hollywood Reporter that she had to seek therapy to help her make the decision to move on and pursue other opportunities.
In the interview with the Reporter she said, “I started thinking about it because I had to prepare myself. I gave myself two years to emotionally let go.”
“I’ve gone through a lot of therapy over this,” she tearfully said. It must have helped her make up her mind, because at the end of the previous season, when Rhimes asked her what her thoughts were, she simply said, “I’m ready.”