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Grey’s Anatomy Boss On Cut Scandal, Kate Walsh Exits Private Practice

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It could just be me, but it can’t be a coincidence a large handful of actors and actresses have been let go from various Shonda Rhimes programs, with the latest being Henry Ian Cusick (Stephen Finch of Scandal), Tim Daly (Pete Wilder of Private Practice), and quite surprisingly Kate Walsh (Dr. Addision Montgomery, the main character of Private Practice) – though to be fair, Walsh made this decision to leave on her own. Add these names to the couple of characters dropped from Grey’s Anatomy and you can’t help but wonder if Rhimes is systematically dismantling her shows’ casts. Obviously that’s not the case, but it makes for fun conspiracy talk.


Shonda Rhimes spoke with TV Guide in order to explain the logic behind letting Cusick and Daly go, with different reasoning behind each of them. Cusick was apparently a mercy firing, with Rhimes claiming he’s a great actor and there just wasn’t enough work for him to do on the show after the first season. I can see how that makes sense, but I’m sure Cusick would’ve been okay with staying on board for a while. He stayed on Lost through out Seasons 5 and 6, but only appeared in 14 episodes between the two despite being credited as a series regular. Letting go of Daly was more about money than anything, with budget issues being the cause for his firing. I’m not sure which one is better, not needing you or not being able to afford you.

More disturbingly is Kate Walsh’s decision to leave Private Practice at the end of the upcoming sixth season. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below where she confirms her intent to exit the show. She’s been playing Addison Montgomery since her days on Grey’s Anatomyso I’m not surprised she’s ready to move on from the part. But will this mean the end of Private Practice? As the main character, will the show be able to continue without her? It’s certainly possible, but I’m not sure if it’ll be worth it. At any rate, Rhimes seems to be under the impression Season 6 may not be the last for Private Practice, but I remain unconvinced.

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  1. Anntoinette Stacy Njoya Angrum

    June 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t know what show you’ve been watching, but I’m glad she’s leaving and the character has gained a sense of fulfillment with her baby and not needing any man to make her whole.  I like the actress, but I was getting VERY tired of the whining, sleeping and falling in love with her best friends husband was EXCEEDINGLY tacky, and I really begin liking the other doctors/actors.  I love the dying Mother, the stepmom stepping up, and the new father responsibility…, I hated what Rimes did with the Pete character though.  It makes him look petty.  I wish, wish, wish the Audra McDonald would come back or Rimes would give Black love another chance.  I loved seeing Taye and Audra together and when they were on the table…, they were a hot couple and could have become a super uber couple on the show. Rimes…, stop being scared of Black Romance…, guess what…, it happens!!! 

  2. wvaltv

    October 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Playing catch-up with “Private Practice” on Netflix and have been watching all the changes with every character on the show. Throughout the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Addison character, played wonderfully by Kate Walsh – and I can contribute my fickle emotions to great writing on the series. There’s somewhat of hole, I’ve missed most of Season 5, yet remember the excellent 2-part show on Amelia’s love/drug addiction using masterfully the Mary J. Blige’s latest release as soundtrack (please clear the licensing with all your musical artists featured on Season 5 for that DVD & Netflix release, Please!) – and I need to find out exactly what happened with Tim Daly’s Pete character. Writing him off with a death in this sixth season opener seems cruel however it seems budget cutbacks affects more than just the regular folks like me. Daly will land on his feet and Walsh will definitely be back on the small or big screen. I’m just very sad these characters have and are leaving. I agree with the previous comment about missing Audra McDonald’s Naomi Bennett’s character & the obvious absence of black love. Still hoping McDonald (a Tony-award winner since her departure, mind you) would come back just as guest star and shake Sam’s (Taye Diggs) world apart somewhat. I’m not sure the show will survive after Walsh’s departure since this show was a spin-off of her character from “Grey’s”. Special note to Grimes & ABC executives: Please, please, please keep “Private” around just one more season. Personally I, (and I know millions of other long-time fans of the show) want to see how the other characters develop & grow (especially Charlotte & Cooper as parents – KaDee Strickland has been rocking this role since the beginning).

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