'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19: Why is Miranda Bailey not rejoining Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital?

'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19: Why is Miranda Bailey not rejoining Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital?
Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey in a still from 'Grey's Anatomy' (IMDb)

'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 has a lot in store for its viewers. The series which started in 2005 surrounding the life of Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey has gone back to the original storyline after all these years where the series will revolve around the lives of new interns. 

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It’s been a long time since Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was an underdog on 'Grey’s Anatomy'. In fact, given her legacy in medicine because of her mother Ellis Grey, and star status from the start, it’s possible she’s never really been an underdog at all. But as she and the rest of the cast of the medical drama start Season 19, she is facing an uphill battle to rehabilitate Grey Sloan’s residency program. The now-chief (Meredith) will need to kickstart the residency program once again, while also deciding if she wants to stay in Seattle at all. One of the characters on the show was Miranda Bailey. Read on to know why former Chief of Surgery Bailey quit the hospital.

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Chandra Wilson's Miranda Bailey was in the series from the very beginning. Introduced as a resident in general surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital, Bailey works her way up to the attending physician level. Her relationship with the five surgical interns she is in charge of -- Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), George O'Malley (TR Knight), and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) -- is a focal point at the beginning of the series. 

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However, the position of Chief Resident was initially given to Dr Torres. The chief justified his decision by saying he didn't want Bailey to get caught up in the paperwork, and that she was too good a surgeon for that. Bailey was not entirely happy with his decision. After seeing Callie struggling due to the situation with George, Bailey elected to be her number two. She called the shots for the day, helping the residents with their patients and the doctors with their problems. Chief Webber realized that she was the one doing the amazing work and gave her the position of Chief Resident.

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In Season 18 Episode 7 it was shown that Bailey was overwrought. “For years I spent all of my energy recruiting the best. Then I trained them, I watched their every move, I taught them everything I know, and then they take all that knowledge and go off to make groundbreaking, world-changing contributions to medicine,” Bailey vents to Meredith when she finally makes it back from Minnesota. “Meanwhile, I’m still spending the whole day standing on a sidewalk next to a folding table trying to convince a bunch of medical students who look like teenagers that I am worth their time.” However, Chief of Surgery Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) quit in the Season 18 finale, handing the reins to Meredith. 

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Regardless, in the first episode of season 19, it's shown that Bailey has no interest in coming back as of now.

'Grey's Anatomy', which follows the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital will be back every Thursday at 9 pm ET. Watch to find out what happens next.

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