Kate Walsh confirms her 'Private Practice' departure

By Jorge Gomez,
After five completed seasons on 'Private Practice' and three seasons on 'Grey's Anatomy' as Dr. Addison Montgomery, Kate Walsh will say goodbye to the character at the end of 'Private Practice's' upcoming season.

Another doctor is checking out of Private Practice, and this time it is the doctor that started it all.

Late last month, TV Line reported that Kate Walsh, who plays Dr. Addison Montgomery, was leaving the medical drama at the end of its upcoming season.

On a recent appearance on the talk show, Bethenny, Walsh confirmed that season six would be her last.

“This is my last season of Private Practice,” Walsh told talk show host Bethenny Frankel.

“It’s been an incredible journey and an amazing ride…and I feel incredibly grateful to [series creator] Shonda Rhimes and all the fans that have been there from day one ’til now,” she continued.

The show was picked up for a sixth season in May, but will have a shortened 13 episode run. Despite its shortened season, it may not necessarily be its last one. The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, told TV Guide, “I have been told that I’m not allowed to think of us only doing 13 episodes.”

Private Practice premiered in 2005, after being spun off from Rhimes’s other medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Before moving to Private Practice, Walsh’s Dr. Montgomery appeared in the first three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

While she is excited about starting something new, Walsh has a bittersweet feeling about leaving Addison Montgomery behind after so long. She says, “I’m really excited about the last season. I am. It’s bittersweet…a huge chapter of my life.”

You can watch Walsh’s appearance on Bethenny below. She begins talking about her Private Practice departure at the 1:00 mark.



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