The plot surrounding Sandra Oh’s impending Grey’s Anatomy exit has thickened considerably.
Isaiah Washington is set to reprise his role as Cristina’s ex, Dr. Preston Burke, in one May episode, TVLine has learned.
“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” said series creator Shonda Rhimes in a statement. “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.”
Washington was pink-slipped from Grey’s after Season 3 wrapped, in the wake of a months-long controversy that started with an October 2006 on-set incident in which he allegedly referred to castmate T.R Knight with a homophobic slur — and then he repeated said slur during a cast appearance at the Golden Globes.
Washington’s character had already effectively been written out in the Season 3 finale, after Burke left Cristina at the altar.