“Well, well, well, would you look who it is,” Walsh said in a video posted to the Grey’s social media accounts. “That’s right, my loves, Dr. Addison Montgomery is coming back to Grey-Sloan Memorial hospital, and I’m so excited to be home again, joining Shonda [Rhimes], Ellen [Pompeo], and the rest of the incredible cast.”
She also confirmed the news via a funny video on her own channels. Mimicking a popular TikTok trend, Walsh revealed a question she often gets asked is: “Will you ever come back to Grey’s Anatomy?” She had a simple answer—“yes”—then the video cut to her wearing medical scrubs and lip-synching an iconic Emma Roberts line from American Horror Story: “Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.” We did! We really did!
Of course, Grey’s Anatomy fans know Walsh ultimately left the show for her own spin-off, Private Practice, which ran from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, she was integral to the Meredith-McDreamy drama. Who can forget the end of Grey‘s season one, when Meredith found out Derek was married to another woman, that woman being Addison?
Kate Walsh joins a list of several Grey’s Anatomy vets who have returned to the show for memorable cameos. Last season alone saw the reemergence of McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), McSteamy (Eric Dane), and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight).
Fans are still holding out for a Dr. Cristina Yang return. Sadly, Sandra Oh says it’s just not in the cards for her. “In some ways, you do your work as a bubble and you let it go,” the actor told the Asian Enough podcast, per Us Weekly. “I left that show, my God, seven years ago almost. So in my mind, it’s gone. But for a lot of people, it’s still very much alive. And while I understand and I love it, I have moved on.”