Isaiah WashingtonIsaiah Washington is set to return to Grey’s Anatomy seven years after his infamous departure.  The episode will air sometime in May and mark the departure of co-star Sandra Oh’s character.

Washington will reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke, whose romantic relationship with Oh’s Christina Yang was a major storyline on Grey’s first three seasons. In Washington’s final episode, Burke called off his nuptials with Yang on the day of their wedding.

Washington departed Grey’s Anatomy in June 2007 when his option was not picked up following a rocky third season when the actor faced accusations of using homophobic slur in reference to gay co-star T.R. Knight in October 2006 and flamed the controversy with ill-advised comments about the incident at the Golden Globes.

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