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7 years after calling co-star a ‘faggot,’ Isaiah Washington returns to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Isaiah Washington

LOS ANGELES — ABC says Isaiah Washington will return to “Grey’s Anatomy” for a guest appearance in May, seven years after he was fired from the medical drama amid fallout over his use of the word “faggot.”

Washington, one of the central players of the medical drama’s first three seasons, was fired in part for using a gay slur in an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey in 2006. Washington reportedly used the word “faggot” in reference to co-star T.R. Knight.

He allegedly used the slur again in the press room at the 2006 Golden Globes after the series scooped Best Drama Series, denying that he ever used the word. Months later he was let go due to the fallout.

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Shortly after the incident, Knight came out, and said hearing Isaiah Washington call him a “faggot” on the set gave him the courage to be open about his sexual orientation.

Washington 50, later made a public apology and tried to make amends by meeting with gay rights organizations.

His return as Dr. Preston Burke coincides with the announced departure of series star Sandra Oh at the season’s end in May. Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang, was engaged to Washington’s Burke at one point in the long-running drama.

The date of Washington’s episode was not announced.

Knight left “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2009.

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