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Isaiah Washington Returning to Grey’s Anatomy

Actor Isaiah Washington attends the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.

Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey's Anatomy, seven years after he was fired from the show for using gay slurs on set. Sandra Oh is leaving at the end of this season, so the return of Dr. Burke —  the guy who ditched Cristina at the altar — is part of creator Shonda Rhimes's exit plan for the character. "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," Rhimes said in a statement. Oh, man, Cristina and Burke had the best romance. She should ride off into the sunset with him.

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