Grey's Anatomy Shocker: Isaiah Washington to Return!

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We have an update on the impending departure of Dr. Cristina Yang from Grey's Anatomy.

And it's a doozy.

With a special, What-If episode already planned for Cristina on March 27, Shonda Rhimes now confirmed that Isaiah Washington will reprise his role as Preston Burke for an episode in May.

The actor left the show amidst controversy over a gay slur he aimed at then-colleague T.K. Knight and his character exited by leaving Cristina at the altar to conclude Grey's Anatomy Season 3.

I Have to Let You Go

Said Rhimes in a statement: “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey - he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

No word yet on how Burke will re-enter the picture, but... WOW. We did not see this coming.

Sandra Oh announced prior to Grey's Anatomy Season 10 that she would be leaving the series in May.

React now to this shocking news and pay tribute to Yang below:

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)