ISAIAH BOOTED OFF'GREY'S ANATOMY'Plus Other Shockers From The Season Finale
It's a bloodbath on "Grey's Anatomy!"
Controversial star Isaiah Washington is getting the boot, but he's not the only one leaving the show - and The ENQUIRER has all the details of the series' shocking season finale.
If you don't want to know what's on tap for the staff at Seattle Grace Hospital, stop reading...STAT!
The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that T.R. Knight and Kate Walsh will also check out of the hit ABC medical drama in the blockbuster season-ender airing May 17.
While the show's creative team is still tinkering with last-minute changes, an insider declared: "This season finale is by far the most exciting and dramatic 'Grey's' show ever!
"The writers have put together a series of plot twists that will leave fans shocked."
Rumors that Isaiah would get dumped have been swirling since last fall after he got into an on-set brawl with co-star Patrick Dempsey and hurled a vicious gay slur at T.R. - a story first reported by The ENQUIRER. T.R. later came out of the closet, revealing publicly that he is gay.
At January's Golden Globes, 43-year-old Isaiah threw fuel on the fire by denying the slur. After an avalanche of bad publicity, he announced he was enrolling in counseling.
The incidents created hostility on the "Grey's" set - and in the finale's most explosive twist, Isaiah's character Dr. Preston Burke is passed over for the hospital's chief of surgery job and storms out of his wedding to Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh).
As for T.R. Knight, his character Dr. George O'Malley finds that he failed his final exam to become a doctor - and decides not to repeat his internship.
"Isaiah's exit isn't surprising," explained the insider.
"And T.R. never really got over the gay slur incident and was very disappointed with the way it was handled.
"Producers begged him to stay and they've left the door open for his return. But, right now, he has no intention of coming back."
Fans already know Kate's character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, will star in a "Grey's" spin-off. She'll head to Santa Monica, Calif., to work at an upscale wellness center in a series tentatively titled "Private Practice."
Meanwhile, Chief of Surgery Dr. Richard Webber (James T. Pickens) gets the shock of his life when his estranged wife is wheeled into the OR, pregnant and bleeding. And he's certain he's not the father!
After Dr. Burke storms out of his wedding, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) delivers a heartfelt speech.
"She points out that although doctors are good at fixing patients' problems, they don't know how to repair their own relationships," a network source told The ENQUIRER.
Meredith nurses her own heartache when Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) announces that he's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship - and confesses there may be another woman in his life!
Two riveting medical-themed stories will also play out in the season-ending episode. "Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) will learn the real identity of a pregnant Jane Doe when her husband shows up," said the network source.
"And Dr. Shepherd will discover that a mountain climber who was brought to the hospital with an ice axe lodged in his head was not the victim of a freak accident, as his friends say, but foul play."
And while Dr. O'Malley cleans out his locker, he may be leaving something behind.
"Before he goes, his wife Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) convinces him that they should start trying to have a baby," disclosed the network source.
"So, they do try...right there in the on-call sleeping room!"
As the episode ends, Dr. Webber appoints Dr. Shepherd to replace him as chief of surgery, "but he warns Derek not to make the same mistakes he did, such as putting his job before his personal life," disclosed the network source.
"Derek tells Richard he's flattered, but feels that Richard is still the best man for the job - and tells him that he should stay on."
By ROBIN MIZRAHI and MICHAEL GLYNN