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

Meredith: You're me.
Amelia: What?
Meredith: You're me before Derek. I can be here for you. I can do this. I get you. I can be a twisted sister for you. Just tell me how do you want to play this?

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)