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Washington to Return to Set This Week

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Embattled star Isaiah Washington is scheduled to return to the Grey's Anatomy set as early as Thursday for the first time since entering counseling after making a homophobic slur, People reports.

Washington to Return to Set This WeekIsaiah Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke, has not been on the set since January 23, the day before he issued a statement saying he would seek counseling "as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again."

He also missed picking up a trophy at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards that honored the Grey's Anatomy cast.

Best actress winner Chandra Wilson alluded to his absence, saying in her acceptance speech, "It's about the 10 cast members sitting over there and the other one in rehab."

A source familiar with the Grey's Anatomy production schedule tells People that Washington has confirmed he'll arrive for his next call time, now set for Thursday, although the show's production schedule changes.

Washington has been at the center of controversy since using a homophobic slur in reference to T.R. Knight, who is gay. After a firestorm of criticism, Washington issued an apology, then on January 23 announced he had entered counseling.

"I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity and am committed to transforming my actions into positive results, personally and professionally," said the 43-year-old acto, who has also met with leaders of the gay community in an attempt to rectify his actions.

While we don't know anything for sure, this is a good indication that ABC believes - as many fans and columnists have opined - that Grey's Anatomy and its cast will survive the controversy and remain intact.

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The show would be much better off IF Isaiah Washington would be fired. How dare he be allowed to say the things he has said, in public no less and still be allowed to remain on the show? Once a homophob and a biggot, always a homophob and a biggot - no amount of "help" will make him any better. He has been a very poor part of the show, his arrogance and Casper Milktoast attitude adds nothing to the cast or the storyline. Even on TV as himself, he is boring, whimpish and adds nothing to the conversation. How dare he be allowed to continue to be a part of this excellent and wonderful cast. GET RID OF HIM and find someone who could fill that spot who would enjoy being a part of this show and would add much more light to the cast and crew.

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Great to hear this news.......welcome back, Isaiah!

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Welcome news to us Burke fans

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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