According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 50-year-old actor will reprise his role for a May episode of the long-running medical drama as a guest star.
Dr. Burke (Washington) was at one point engaged to marry Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), but just prior to the announcement that Washington was returning, Oh revealed that she's leaving Grey's this May after 10 seasons.
Showrunner Shonda Rimes justifies Washington's return, explaining, "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."
In 2007, Washington was axed from the ABC series after publicly airing anti-gay remarks towards co-star T.R. Knight, who was in the closet at the time but subsequently came out as gay.
Washington later apologized for his comments.
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