Ellen DeGeneres Hosts Kate Walsh, Calls ABC President About Spinoff

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Looks like Dr. Addison Montgomery won't have to deal with non-commital men (or Meredith Grey's whining) much longer.

Kate Walsh's controversial Grey's Anatomy spinoff's future was all but confirmed yesterday, thanks to an unexpected investigator.

In-your-face interrogation tactics by Ellen Degeneres, who hosted Walsh on her talk show, helped shed light on the outlook for Private Practice.

Not content with waiting for next week's announcement of ABC's fall lineup, Ellen made a surprise phone call to ABC President Steve McPherson during a taping of her show yesterday, and out asked flat-out if Kate Walsh's much-discussed project will be officially green-lit for a full season.

A visibly embarassed Walsh watched in subdued horror.

Walsh and DeGeneres

The ABC honcho strung her along for a bit, quipping that Walsh "hasn't worked out very well on the air for us," then he let it slip that he "thinks she's in pretty good shape."

We don't think he was talking about her physical fitness, either. This is good news for Kate, whose spinoff was previewed last week in "The Other Side of This Life," even if the experience was a tad awkward.

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