Isaiah Washington Will Not Be Returning to Grey's Anatomy

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The speculation is over: After a controversial season, Isaiah Washington will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy, his rep and ABC Television Studio have confirmed.

No More Dr. Burke
Howard Bragman, Washington's publicist, says Washington's option was not renewed, and released this statement from the actor: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more."

The quote is a reference to the 1976 film Network, but we doubt the actor was joking around. We also can't imagine what he means, however.

The 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, the source says, Washington's behavior made him a liability.

As Grey's Anatomy followers know, 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.

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I really miss IW's character on this show. Very unfortunate this happend. :o(


Personnally, I believe that everyone makes mistakes and it would have set a good example to show the world what not to do. Also, it sets a good example to the world about forgiveness if the network had done the right thing. I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THE NEW SEASON, SINCE ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS WILL NOT BE THERE TO MAKE IT WORTH MY TIME.


I think the show's ratings are really going to be hurt. Cristina and Burke were too much a reason to watch because we're all over Meredith's wining about Derek and just wining in general. There won't be anything left to watch for. When a show starts to lose too many original characters it's done for, and already at the start of season 4?? I'm baffled, the man went out of his way to fix things. I have very little time for T.V. so if my favorite character is gone so am I. I never even get on the internet but I was trying to look him up to see if these terrible rumors were true. Grey's might not do good w/o him but he'll do just fine w/o it.


This is ridiculous!!....Why should Isaiah apologize?
He did not call that guy a "fag"! (And even if he did , isn't he entitled to his opinion) Although that was undoubtedly the case , why else would he have been so offended at the use of the word? I was always taught it is not what you are called anyway it is what you answer to. However, I digress...since he did not call him a "faggot"! he used the word to express his anger at another actor...this has all been blown out of proportion...and has resulted in the unjust firing of the best actor on that show...( I(CERTAINLY WILL NEVER WATCH IT AGAIN!!!)While that whining TR now gets 125,000 an episode...It think something else is going on...I am not sure what..maybe it is a smoke screen of sorts..could it be that this was all done as damage control to keep all those "MCDreamy Droolers" from possibly McWaking UP ...and wondering is Dempsy might be "MCGAY" and that is what really what the producers of the show are trying to hide.


I think firing Issah Washington is a disgrace - his character had more depth and interest than any of the cast - I think his underlying anger makes him a very interesting actor. To make him go thru all that he did ie apologies, rehab etc. and then to fire him - what about second chances - what it indicates is that the slur that was made is unforgiveable - get over it!!!!!


Oh please...will you all just get over yourselves. What's done is done and you all aruging about it isn't going to make them bring I.W. back. Plus, personally, I think that the producers and ABC had every right to fire him. He was a jerk on the show anyway, and I don't care who you are, you can not use suge demeaning language and especially in direct context about another person. Not only did he do it once, not in public, but he did it yet another front on millions of ppl which leads me to believe that no matter how many times he apologizes, he must have meant what he said. so all u I.W. fans can just go cry about something else. boo hoo


it's just not fair to demand isaiah to do all those things and still fire him in the end. i love burketina. to me, they're the only real couple in grey's. everybody else has someone else on the side. they're the only two people who changed and grew for each other. it's sad to break them apart and not have any hope to see them back together in the future. just when the golden globe controversy has already subsided, they do this and remind everyone about the issue. makes you wonder if they broke up burketina only because all this time they had plans of firing isaiah. not right.


GA and ABC have really screwed up. I'm not ever watching GA again.


Hi, Burke Backer you are right the Buktina's fans are never going to get use to not seeing Burke. Come to think of it, if derek was the character that was fired i wouldnt continue watching GA for the world no matter what, so yeh u are right its never going to be the same and i am sorry for that. Do you think ABC will by any miraculous chance ask him back before its too late?


Hafsa, since you are a Mer/Der fan, I do not doubt that you think we should all just get over it and watch your couple. The fact is, I started watching to begin with because I heard Isaiah Washington was going to be on it. I started to love it because of the Burke and Cristina storyline. I became a faithful follower because of the development of their relatioship. I won't get used to it and neither will many of the people who have invested three years in this relationship. It was a dumb and unnecessary move. If they wanted to do something constructive they could have set TR Knight down with Isaiah and had them talk out their differences with both men growing from the process. Instead they have destroyed one man's career and supported the other's whiney victim act. I don't think it is going to be a good fourth season, but whether it is or not, I will not be watching. I do wish you luck with your couple, though, and agree that they need to stop Gizzie and let Lexie be a love interest for Alex. Alexie anyone?? Meredith and Derek need some lighter storylines and happier times before the just become completely boring and morose.


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