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

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.