Private Practice Scoop: A 'Happy Ending' for Addison! But Will the Show Go On Without Her?

The show must go on. That is the mindset Shonda Rhimes is holding firm to as she plans out Private Practice Season 6, which after 13 episodes will bid adieu to original cast member Kate Walsh and the character of Addison.

Visiting the ABC drama’s set on the occasion of its 100th episode, TVLine presented Rhimes with what ABC boss Paul Lee told us last month, that ideas are being bandied about to keep the doors of Seaside Wellness open beyond Walsh’s departure.

“I get asked by the network specifically to not think of this as the last 13 episodes of the show,” Rhimes responded. “I’ve said this before: I want us to keep going. We have great creative ideas that we’re excited about and we want to push forward with.”

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As Rhimes noted, “This is such a great group of people…. The actors are so talented, the crew is so amazing…. We all want to stay together if we’re telling great stories and we’re doing it well.”

Walsh herself echoed that sentiment, believing whole-heartedly that Private Practice should and will thrive even in her absence.

“Absolutely! The show is so solid — the writing, the characters, the stories. It’s got a huge, huge foundation and roots,” she told us. “So yeah, I could absolutely see it going on.”

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But what story will usher Addison — who in the Season 5 finale dove into her new role as mom and fielded a marriage proposal from off-and-on sweetheart Sam — off the canvas when the time comes? Rhimes said that while she is stilling mulling ideas for Walsh’s exit story (“I change what that is almost weekly in my head”), she seems to know one thing for certain.

“The character deserves a happy ending,” she asserted. “We’ve watched Addison from the beginning. She started out as one of the most hated characters on Grey’s Anatomy and has grown to be this person that we really love. That character’s journey, I think, deserves a happy ending.”

In the meantime, Walsh is electing to just sit back and enjoy this final ride with the character she created more than seven years ago, on Grey’s.

“I am honestly just trying to stay totally present and enjoy every second,” she said. “It’s been a profound experience… like a really good dream. I have no idea what’s going to come next, but I’m really excited about it.” (Reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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100 Comments
  1. emma says:

    ADDISON is THE BEST!!!!!!!I love this character sooo much since she first appeared on GA till now to the max!!!! i love kate walsh and i don’t want her to leave the show!!!! ( but if she’s gone what’s the point to continue without her??? she is private practice!!!PP without ADDIE-KATE will be like coffee without sugar!!!!there ‘s no way to watch if she’s not there anymore!!! :( :(

  2. Jim! says:

    Naomi – Not Missed.
    Addison – The combination of the completely forced Sam story line and the baby story line that went on WAY too long drug the character down to the level of “completely uninteresting”. The supporting characters of the show are much more compelling than the star. I think her departure is a chance for improvement. Love the actress and the character as originally envisioned. Not so much that I’d miss her if she left.

  3. Kaylee Hollands says:

    I am so heartbroken and sad:( Addison is my favorite character ever on TV! I hope Shonda allows Addie to be happy in all those 13 episodes with a bunch of cute scenes with her baby boy and no real big drama. The show without Kate Walsh won’t make sense.

  4. Jack says:

    Oh, gee, I’m so happy Addison will get a happy ending. Meanwhile, Lexie Grey gets a plane dropped on her after several seasons of getting screwed left and right by teenage daughters and pregnant f*** buddies and now McSteamy is probably going to die too of a literal and figurative broken heart. Awesome. Great job, Shonda.

  5. jakesam says:

    in pratical terms if addison exist the pp storyline with a happy ending, that means she has a babby and a man in her life, so would that mean the said man (jake or sam) would exist the show with her???

  6. Shari says:

    I secretly, selfishly want her and McSteamy to hook back up. I always loved them together the most.

  7. Dakota says:

    Since I don’t think the show will have good ratings to continue without Kate (plus not going to watch), I think she should marry Sam. She has known him longer than Jake.

  8. Karen says:

    I doubt I will watch the show anymore without Addison. I hate it that Pete is gone, but I didn’t like the way his character had gone anyway.

  9. Jeremy Bott says:

    Perhaps why Violet is so Weak, is because of all her Traumatic Stress?, I mean she had a baby taken out of her, and she coudn’t hold luca’s because of a court order?, From Season one it was Perfect, No relationships no Love Triangles, But once you reach 2, 3, 4,5?, there’s love Triangles Everywhere, I mean, Once it was Sheldon and Charlottle?, Pete and Addison? and Pete and Violet?, they need New Roots,