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Grey's Anatomy star Washington will not return

Story by Jack Foley

GREY’S Anatomy star Isaiah Washington will not return to the hit medical drama following the gay slur that plunged the show into controversy earlier this year.

According to the show’s producer, ABC Television Studios, Washington’s contract option has not been renewed for a fourth season.

Washington, 43, was involved in a spat with co-star Patrick Dempsey on the set of the programe last year after using a derogatory term about their co-star, TR Knight.

It prompted Knight to “come out” and make his sexuality public.

But just when it seemed the row had blown over, Washington again landed himself in hot water with producers and cast members after attempting to deny using the term at the Golden Globe awards in January.

He subsequently received a rebuke from ABC for saying the word in public once more and opted to seek counselling in a bid to repair his own public image.

Washington met with civil rights groups to discuss ways to address homophobia.

But as the American public reacted badly to the scandal, the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy was left open for the departure of his character, Dr Preston Burke.

It has since been revelaed that his contract has not been renewed.

In typically flamboyant fashion, however, Washington issued a statement via his publicist stating: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

He did not explain his words any further, but the quote is a direct reference to the acclaimed 1976 film Network.