Grey's Anatomy Spoiler: A Preston Burke Sighting

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If you've seen promos for this week's episode, "The Becoming," you likely noticed that they feature Preston Burke - even if the former character doesn't appear on the actual episode of Grey's Anatomy. Just a picture of him.

Below is a photo taken from the promo. Tonight's Grey's Anatomy will focus on how Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) reacts to this news of her ex-fiance.

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Isaiah Washington, who portrayed Preston so brilliantly before being fired after Season 3, is now shooting a movie with Forrest Whitaker in New Orleans, but is reportedly upset about his likeness being used on Grey's Anatomy.

Washington's rep, Howard Bragman said in a statement:

"Isaiah has no plans to go back to Grey's Anatomy ... That being said, we were more than a little surprised that ABC used his likeness in a promo for the show, and indeed advanced his character's storyline. Mr. Washington's attorney has contacted the Screen Actors Guild and ABC as to the appropriateness of that action."

A representative for ABC could not be reached for comment.

This poses the question of whether ABC is using Burke (a la Addison) as a ploy to boost Grey's Anatomy ratings, which have slipped. Thoughts?

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Burke pls come back .Grey's anatomy sucks withou you.


Now that TRK is gone, I think it is time to bring Burke back. There is just no chemistry btw Cristina and Owen as that btw C and Burke!


I agree that Burke was great on the show but what he said , even though he apologized, would not be tolerated no matter where someone works. And all though this does not have much to do with this post if the get rid of Izzie or George they are going to loose alot of viewers just as they did when they got rid of Burke.


Bring back the character of preston on the show. i want christina and burke back on each other's arm. Gosh! i miss to see them together. SERIOUSLY!!!


They need to bring Preston Burke back...maybe after an accident with Plastic curgery. There was great chemistry between Christina and Preston. That was my whole reason for watching the show.....


this is crap. just bring him back already!


rach >>> calling people you don't know as 'homophobic' is also a kind of bigotry. Maybe people are n't homophobic...they are just like homo:drop-it. The very word homophobic is a misnomer used by the gays and lapped up by the irresponsible media. Just because some people do not embrace and adore homosexuality does not make them phobic ok?? Most people are just neutral- while 'phobia' means 'fear' and I doubt that anyone fears gayness. Maybe majority of people are neutral and you are the heterophobic ones. Pls do not try and teach ppl what is morally-devoid content on primetime Tv. Do you mean to say that bestiality and BDSM should also be regularly aired on TV in your oh-so liberal moral views. Where would they draw a line ? Try not to thrust your views and orientations into people's faces and a lot of people will stop being 'phobic'. Anyone would get scared of a bloodthirsty, vindictive lot, pouring venom on a hapless gy screaming to have his career blacklisted and him destroyed. Then you go around calling ppl homophobic...duh..Go figure.


burke come back, please.


I dont understand why Grey's anatomy fired an excellent actor like Isaiah Washington. I didn't know about this actor before his acting the role as a doctor at this series. He was doing a great job and his outstanding performance made it all real!
I read some news mentioned that he would be fired because the bicker between him and "George", and I cant believe it's really happened.
why? he is a competent actor and I really think he and "Christina" should be end up together.
what "Christina" can do about losing her "soul mate"?
this terrible place is only broadcasting the season 3 episodes. sucks.


I really like to see Christina and Preston while they were the couple!
Can't they just get back together again??
They are outstanding couple, I always put my Hope on them.. I think every body else has the same thoughts with me..
So, please.. Mr. Isaiah, can you consider your thoughts again? Just say "yes" to play in Grey's Anatomy again.. (",)

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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)

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.