why had she left the series?

Kate Walsh in Grey’s Anatomy. © ABC

Good news for fans of “Grey’s Anatomy”! While season 18 landed just after season 17 on TF1, viewers will find this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 a character who has made several appearances in the program over the years: Kate Walsh alias Addison Montgomery.

Season 17 of “Grey’s Anatomy”, which ended recently on TF1, was rich in twists and turns. Dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was the scene of dramatic moments – like all the seasons of the medical series – but also great moments of emotion with the return of characters who died over the course of the broadcast, and whose performers agreed to make a small appearance as part of Meredith Grey’s Dreams.

Season 18 also provides a nice surprise, since this time it’s Kate Walsh who is making her comeback in “Grey’s Anatomy”. The interpreter of Addison Montgomery, the ex-wife of Derek Sheperd, will find the team of doctors at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital.

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She had left for her own spin-off

In the first seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy”, Addison Montgomery had placed herself as a rival to Meredith Gray in the quest for the heart of Dr. Mamour. It must be said that she was his wife, and that the handsome doctor cheated on her with the one who was then his young intern. Originally, his character was to be much more anecdotal, but he was so successful that Shonda Rhimes allowed him to stay on the show longer… Before offering him his own series derived from “Grey’s Anatomy”!

In “Private Practice,” which aired between 2007 and 2013, Kate Walsh ran her own maternity and fertility clinic. As a result, she was able to make numerous appearances in the parent series, always with great success. At the end of her program, the actress has not been idle and viewers have been able to find her in many successful series in recent years. She has notably played the role of a mother grieving over the suicide of her daughter in “13 Reasons Why”, the role of a villain in “Umbrella Academy”, and more recently in the new Netflix success “Emily in Paris”. .

A “completely surreal” return

Despite her career at the top, Kate Walsh has never forgotten where she comes from. Also, when the opportunity to return to “Grey’s Anatomy” presented itself, she did not hesitate for a second. “It’s completely surreal,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Like there was no other way. I knew it would be weird, but it was so emotional, and so big and beyond, because when was the last time you went back to a job you started 18 years ago and left 10 years ago? You know what I mean?

The negotiations with the production for his return are in any case not new: “We had been talking about it for a while, my character coming back and just making a little visit. It’s such an iconic series, it was such a series. important to me in my life, in my career and so Krista Vernoff (the executive producer/showrunner, editor’s note) and I had discussed and tried to find a period when it was the right time for Grey’s Anatomy and the plots and the programming and all that,” Kate Walsh explained. “And I thought, ‘You know what? It is the right time.’ Plus, the story and the writing are so great.”

How long will Kate Walsh be in Grey’s Anatomy?

Kate Walsh does not hide it: this return pleases her in particular thanks to the enthusiasm of the fans around her character. “Honestly, that’s always been the goal: to do this for the fans. One of the great experiences of being on Grey’s back when the show started was that crazy feeling of being cheered on by critical and to be so enjoyable to do as an actress, while being a massively popular show, with so many fans behind it,” she told Variety.

It now remains to be seen how long she will be on screen in season 18. On this subject, the main interested party leaves room for doubt: “We are already finishing these few episodes and we will see what happens … The response of the fans is excellent. No one knows what the future holds… but for now, that’s all we have planned: to reappear Addison and see what transpires from all of this…” To be continued, so.

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