Isaiah Washington returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Actor Isaiah Washington arrives at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Seven Pounds' held at Mann's Village Theatre on December16, 2008 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Isaiah Washington will return as a former co-star exits the show. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Is eight years long enough to live down calling someone a homophobic slur? Isaiah Washington will find out in May, when he returns to “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Washington was one of the original cast members in medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” starring as Dr. Preston Burke for three years. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’ll return in May as part of Sandra Oh’s exit arc from the show – Washington played a love interest for Oh’s character, Cristina Yang. It’s the first time Washington will return to the long-running show since 2006, when he was fired for choking co-star Patrick Dempsey and telling him, “I’m not your little f—-t like [co-star] T.R. [Knight].”

After news of the incident leaked, Washington was fired. T.R. Knight subsequently came out as gay on “Ellen.”

In subsequent years Washington has worked hard to rehabilitate his image: He’s a public supporter of gay marriage, and his upcoming film “Blackbird” is the story of a man coming out in a small Southern town.

In a statement, showrunner Shonda Rhimes explained why she believed the return of the controversial actor was necessary. ”It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” she said. “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.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…