Kate Walsh on the ending of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and why it’s so hard to tell a joke in modern culture

Kate Walsh was introduced as Dr. Addison Montgomery to “Grey’s Anatomy” viewers in May 2005, and has wowed fans with sporadic visits to the show ever since.

He originally returned last season, having been told that the long-running ABC medical drama was coming to an end after 18 seasons.

“I came back last season because they were saying, ‘This is the last season,'” he told Fox News Digital. “I was like, ‘Call me when it’s the last season and I’ll be back. I want it to be really special.'”

“No surprise, it’s still going, but the writing is better than ever. The stories are amazing. This year is a really powerful story for my character – I really like it and I love going back and forth,” he said.

In addition to discussing her new partnership with Purina Tidy Cats, Kate Walsh discussed her time on “Grey’s Anatomy” and how she sees the world of comedy today.
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In terms of when the show will end? Of that, Walsh isn’t sure. “This is a very beloved show … Ellen is going to be exciting, and then she’s probably going to come and go, I imagine,” he said of the recent departure of Ellen Pompeo, who has been the lead actress on the show since its inception.

“It’s an amazing platform to talk about social issues… I just think it continues because the fans love it and it’s a working infrastructure.”

This season, Walsh’s fictional character, an OB/GYN specializing in neonatal surgery, is passionate about the annulment of Roe v. Wade in real life and how women’s reproductive rights have been affected as a result.

“When we were talking about me coming into this season, we discussed this whole storyline, and it really interested me,” Walsh said of returning again, for season 19.

Kate Walsh continues to play Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC hit

Kate Walsh continues to play Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC hit “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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“Some of the magic of art, whether it’s great literature, television, film, or painting, connects us. That storytelling is more powerful than a lot of the things you can do in the private sector… It’s a connector” . she said.

Speaking of his arc this season, Walsh says: “It’s really important, I know for the show, to tell all sides of any story. And to really look at it from all different angles. And to have empathy and connection… I’m excited and happy.” to participate”.

“It’s a crazy time in the world and a lot of changes in culture, and civil rights are being taken away from people and I think it’s amazing to have a platform to explore it theatrically, you know?”

From 2007 to 2013, Walsh had his own spin-off show, “Private Practice,” which surrounded Dr. Montgomery’s departure from Seattle and his new life in Los Angeles.

“Private Practice” ran for seven seasons, with Kate Walsh leading the cast along with Taye Diggs, Audra McDonald, Tim Daly, Pete Wilder, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell, Paul Adelstein and Amy Brenneman.
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In a recent interview with “Good Morning America,” “Grey’s” and “Private Practice” creator Shonda Rhimes alluded to having an interest in rebooting the latter show.

“In fact, I’m sorry we didn’t finish telling our stories in ‘Private Practice,'” he said. “We had a lot more to say with those characters.”

While Walsh clarified that he hadn’t spoken to Rhimes on the subject, he was quick to add: “The cast: We all still have a very active WhatsApp chain. We’re very close. It’s something I would love to do, too.” … I bet people would want to go back and do it.”

Something Walsh hasn’t done in a while is exercise his humor by doing stand-up comedy.

When he was younger and living in New York, Walsh, now 55, was a member of the Burn Manhattan comedy troupe.

Speaking of comedy now, Walsh explains that he thinks times have changed.

Kate Walsh was previously with the Burn Manhattan comedy troupe.

Kate Walsh was previously with the Burn Manhattan comedy troupe.
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“Basically, it’s impossible to do that,” he says of putting on a live show. “You would have to have people put their phones in a basket, you would have to have it super locked down.”

Walsh, who now lives in Australia, says he knows that during COVID, fellow actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen performed with these restrictions.

“I think it’s a really difficult time to be funny. Because part of the humor is, well, it’s definitely self-deprecation, but it’s, you know, downplaying the really hard stuff,” he shared.

“That’s part of the catharsis and the release and the connectedness, and that’s how, you know, I grew up.”

He went on to say that the television of his day would probably not thrive in today’s modern world. “I mean, yeah, the shows I grew up watching, I mean “All in the Family”…”MASH” – all these things that you’d say, ‘Wait… you probably wouldn’t watch that show on TV today.’ “

Kate Walsh opened up about how she wasn't sure

Kate Walsh commented that she wasn’t sure if “All in the Family” or “MASH” would air today.
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Walsh shared his thoughts on why it’s so hard to tell a joke in today’s society.

“It’s unfortunate… because you start censoring,” he said. She says that “to get a good joke, you have to find like nine terrible jokes” and that “you have to be able to fail and expose yourself and make mistakes.”

That said, Walsh clarified that that doesn’t mean you can “be abusive or anything like that” in your comedy.

“It’s just that you have to be able to be fallible to be really creative. And if you get into a culture where it’s too closed off, I think that’s really tricky and unfortunate.”

In terms of what she considers off limits in the comedy zone, Walsh admits, “I just don’t even think so.”

Kate Walsh poses for a photo with her cat, Pablo.

Kate Walsh poses for a photo with her cat, Pablo.
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Instead, Walsh thinks mainly of his two beloved animals: his dog Rosie, 15, and his cat Pablo, 18.

With his new partnership with Purina’s Tidy Cats, Walsh is happy to set the record straight on what a catwoman looks like.

“I wanted to rebrand ‘Cat Lady’ for a long time. Come on, we’re really cool,” she noted.

Walsh was excited to partner with Tidy Cats and their Light Litter, which according to their press release is a 99.9% dust-free option for felines that provides continuous odor control to a space.

“Just this idea that you can have a beautiful house for the holidays…humans and pets can coexist during a hectic, festive time,” she shared.

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