On Thursday, Sept. 2, Walsh's rep and ABC confirmed that the 53-year-old actress will be scrubbing back in to Grey Sloan Memorial, as she'll be reprising her role of Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery in the new season, which premieres Sept. 30. In a video on Instagram, Walsh said "it feels so good to be home again," and gave a shout out to series creator Shonda Rhimes, leading lady Ellen Pompeo and the rest of the cast.
Walsh exited the series in 2007 to star in a Grey's spinoff, Private Practice. While Walsh made a few appearances on Grey's over the years, she was last seen in a season eight episode, titled "If/Then." It's safe to say that fans have been eagerly awaiting her return ever since.
Not to mention, Walsh's return couldn't be better timed, as last season saw the departures of fan favorites Jesse Williams, who played Dr. Jackson Avery for 12 seasons, and Giacomo Gianniotti, who played Dr. Andrew DeLuca for seven seasons.
Oh, and we're still reeling from Grey's OG Justin Chambers exiting the show in 2020.
So, while we wait for Walsh's grand return to the ABC medical drama, let's take a closer look at what the departed doctors have been up to these days. (Also, don't forget to vote for Grey's Anatomy in the 2021 TV Scoop Awards here and here.)
Season 18 of Grey's Anatomy will premiere Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. on ABC.