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Sandra Oh was a staple on Grey's Anatomy before she ultimately decided to leave the show at the end of Season 10 to take on other projects. Because Christina and Meredith's friendship had always been a key component of the ABC series, fans have been wondering if she would pop back in on the series. On a recent episode of Access Hollywood Live, Sandra Oh finally revealed she may not ever come back to the long-running show.
At this point... no, I don't think so. I had spoken to Shonda about [appearing in the finale]. I just don't know. I just don't know. It would have to feel right.
Sandra Oh's comments are intriguing both because they reveal that the fan movement to bring her back for a guest stint may be for naught and also because they note that Sandra Oh has been in contact with show creator Shonda Rhimes, specifically about maybe coming back when the series ultimately ends. While she doesn't flat out say it will never happen--never say never, after all--she doesn't seem too optimistic about returning to that point in her life.
The good news? Sandra Oh said she looks back on her time on the show fondly, and found that acting and growing on a show that was as iconic as Grey's Anatomy was meaningful to her. Indeed, when Christina left her pals in Seattle to embark on a new journey, Sandra Oh wasn't leaving after controversy as other actors, including Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight and Isaiah Washington did. She also didn't have to sneak out like Sara Ramirez did, although that was probably designed so that the audience would be shocked when Callie left.
In a lot of ways, I can see Sandra Oh's point. Meredith Grey has always been a character with a tragic life. Her childhood was bad, her relationship with her parents was hard, her ultimate husband was in a love triangle when he met her and then after things had stabilized somewhat, he died, leaving her to raise their kids as a single mom. Even Christina abandoned Meredith for an opportunity, and while the character supposedly was there for Derek's funeral, Oh wasn't. With that in mind, it's hard to see what other moment might be iconic enough to entice Sandra Oh to actually return to Grey's Anatomy. Seems like it's hard for Oh to see why she would come back too.
For now, a few Grey's Anatomy original cast members are still around and the show has done a good job of bringing in other characters that we care about (or at least love to hate). You can catch new episodes of Grey's Anatomy on Sunday nights at 8 pm. ET. In the meantime, take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else is coming up.