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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First, kate leaves to go do Private Practice, now Washington!! What's going to be left of Grey's! Grey's is in real danger!!!! You know, I hate to burst Shondra's bubble, but her goose is cooked! Pretty soon Grey's will be replaced with some sappy drama or worse...a show starring JLo!!!


First, kate leaves to go do Private Practice, now Washington!! What's going to be left of Grey's! Grey's is in real danger!!!!


Correction-- it should have say I didn't see a petition to fire him. That's an old petition.


I did see a petition to fire him, I only saw one to keep him.


Holy Crap! There is actually a petition to fire IW! And there are already more than 20,000 signatures! I seriously can't believe this!


I can't believe it. This has got to be some kind of sick joke. How the hell can they tie this all together?? Burke's just going to dissapear off the face of the earth and Cristina is just going to what... move on like nothing happened?? I know she's all hard and unemotional but I think the season 3 finale proved everyone wrong. So how are they going to make this all work out??
It was a stupid move on their part and I doubt a lot of people will be happy with this decision. The show just isn't going to make sense for a while... and that might frustrate people.


Im not that upset cause i was starting dislike Burke...yeah he is Preston Burke but he didnt act like all the other characters...Burke was mysterious and didnt talk much i love greys anatomy but i wont miss him...


shonda and ABC are suck f***ing losers!!!! first addison is gone, now burke... i dont know what they are thinking back there? they dont care about the fans, they only care about money...
i swear im not watching this nxt season. this show has the wort cast chemistry off the set. other shows have not had this controversy. desperate housewives almost had this kind of thing happened to them but marc cherry was smart and had a strong vote. shonda allowed herself to be a puppet of ABC. im sure next season will tank.


Never said I was a true fan of GA, only a true fan of IW and SO, and the only reason I watched. So no I won't be watching anythiing to do with ABC or Shonda Rhimes!


I'm sad for Burketina fans but I'm not sad for IW. I don't think ABC is stupid. If they fired IW, they had their reasons, REAL reasons.
ABC and Shonda made only a mistake: they chose IW for Burke's role. If IW played McDreamy (thanks Sir, they chose Patrick) they killed GA.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Amelia: I think I'm falling in love with Owen Hunt, and I'm really afraid that it's gonna destroy me.
Derek: It wouldn't be love if it didn't.

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.