Judy Reyes don’t want no scrubs, ya’ll! After being removed entirely from the cast of the ABC comedy Scrubs last spring, the sassy 42-year-old Dominican actress—who played the mega-bitchy (but nonetheless loveable) nurse Carla Espinosa on the hit show for eight seasons—is turning down an offer from showrunner Bill Lawrence to return as a guest star. The ninth season premiers tonight at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.
Ew.com’s Michael Ausiello reports: “[Reyes] declined an invitation to make occasional appearances on Scrubs 2.0…According to Bill Lawrence, Reyes was only interested in returning if it was on a full-time basis — something that, creatively, he couldn’t "make work.”
The reason that Lawrence couldn’t make it work is that Scrubs is changing things up creatively for its ninth season. The show, which followed doctors and nurses in a hospital during its seven years at NBC—and last year at ABC—has changed its setting from a hospital to a medical school and made professors of doctors J.D. (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison).
“It was hard for us to wrap our head around why a nurse would be spending so much time around med students,” Lawrence told Ausiello. He added that he has no ill feelings towards Reyes. Lawrence also said that he plans to extend another invitation to Reyes to guest star in the future, and hopes she’ll have a change of heart.
Personally, I wish Reyes—who is about to become a mom any day now (her due date was Nov. 30!)—would reconsider her decision not to return to Scrubs. She brings sass, spunk and a little dark humor to the show that I think the fans will miss very much. Plus, her character has a baby with her husband Turk, so it would make total sense for us to see Carla occasionally at home with her family. No?
I want to hear from you. Do you want to see Reyes back on Scrubs? Was it harsh for series Executive Producer Bill Lawrence to remove her from the cast entirely? Let your voice be heard in the comments section!