Sandra Oh Welcomes Back Burke On Her Last Day

By: Amanda Crum - May 1, 2014

Sandra Oh has been with Grey’s Anatomy for ten long seasons, but tonight’s episode will be her last, and she’s taken to Twitter to document it.

Isaiah Washington will be making a return tonight after leaving in season 3, and his presence on the show is highly anticipated by fans. Writer and creator Shonda Rhimes says that bringing back Washington–as character Dr. Preston Burke–was an idea she didn’t take lightly.

“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,” she said.

Oh’s departure has been a controversial one since it was announced last year, with ABC President Paul Lee commenting that he “didn’t have anything to say” about whether or not other cast members would be leaving. However, he praised Rhimes and her ability to draw in viewers with a story that will likely continue for years, no matter how many cast changes the show goes through.

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest writers that our generation has seen. She’s continuing to write an immensely powerful show. It makes you laugh and cry every week, and what season are we now? And by the way, to her enormous credit, it is completely different than Scandal. And I love it. I think it’s going to stay on the network for many years to come,” he said.

The good news for fans is, Rhimes says she will keep writing for the show as long as viewers continue to tune in.

“I knew the end of Grey’s Anatomy, and then we kept going, so that I finally just had to write that and move past it,” Rhimes said. “Who knows, at this point, how long that show’s going to go? It’s going to go as long as I feel interested in what happens to those characters.”

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  • MCK

    Tonight’s episode was not Sandra Oh’s last episode. Her last episode is the season finale.

    • Vicky Hunter

      This article confused me because I know I saw her in trailer for next episode. Of course the tv had me confused all week because it kept saying farewell to Cristina on tonight’s episode.

  • Wisconsinite

    This might have been Sandra Oh’s last day of filming, but that show will not air for a while.

  • Peter Barney

    I f..ked the s… out of her and turned her out!

  • Micca Theobald

    when the series first began I didnt think there was a better match than Burke and Yang! loved every bit of them is so cool to watch them again.. they have so much chemistry I thought they were linked in real life but I found Washington’s wife here

    http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/jenisa-garland-washington-greys-anatomy-actor-isaiah-washingtons-wife/ and they actually make a nice couple but Sandra oh’s boyfriend here

    http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/uncategorized/andrew-featherston-greys-anatomy-actress-sandra-ohs-boyfriend/ couldnt look more far off! and they have been togteher for years!