Saturday, June 09, 2007


This is really a sad, sad news.

ABC Television Studio announced yesterday that Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke) will not be returning next fall for the 4th season of Grey's Anatomy. This is such a great disappointment and letdown for all Burktina (Burke and Cristina) fans like me. I really really love them. I really like the way Burke and Cristina (played by brilliant actress Sandra Oh) relate to each other. The characters were very engaging despite the challenging situations they were in. Both Bruke and Cristina's character bloomed in Season 3. It started with Burke's shaky hands caused by a bullet accident and it ended with their non-wedding. It will surely be a different Grey's Anatomy with one of the world's greatest Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon gone.

Here's the full article of Isaiah's fate taken from the Grey's Anatomy Insider site.

The speculation is over: After a controversial season, Isaiah Washington will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy, his rep and ABC Television Studio have confirmed. Howard Bragman, Washington's publicist, says Washington's option was not renewed, and released this statement from the actor: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more." The quote is a reference to the 1976 film Network, but we doubt the actor was joking around. We also can’t imagine what he means, however.

The cast was notified Thursday night of the final decision, which, says a source close to the situation, was a long time coming. In the end, the source says, Washington's behavior made him a liability.

As Grey's Anatomy followers know, rumors ran rampant following the season finale - during which Washington's character, Dr. Preston Burke, broke up with his fiancee, Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), and moved out of their apartment - that Washington would not be returning.

The actor first came under fire last fall after getting into an altercation with Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd), during which he allegedly referred to castmate T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) with a homophobic slur. Washington later apologized, checked into rehab, met with gay leaders and recently released a PSA decrying the use of hate speech.

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