Isaiah Washington Will Return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

PHOTO: Isaiah Washington is pictured on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Isaiah Washington is returning to "Grey's Anatomy."

Though he was fired from the ABC drama seven years ago for making anti-gay comments to his co-star T.R. Knight, the actor will come back for one episode in May, the Hollywood Reporter reported. The reason? His character, Preston Burke, is involved in the plotline of another character, Cristina Yang, played by the departing Sandra Oh.

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"It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," showrunner Shonda Rhimes said 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."

In 2007, Washington also used a slur backstage at the Golden Globes.

"I unbelievably regret that. I wish I could take that back," the actor, who also did a PSA in the aftermath of the controversy, told Larry King. "If I could take that moment back... I would."

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