Like many actors, Zach Braff wanted to explore new possibilities after playing the same character on television for years. He left Scrubs because he felt the time was right. “It’s so rare that it lasts eight years.
One way ABC is cutting costs for Season 8 is by missing the main cast 3 episodes each (Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke only missing two episodes).
It turns out that St. Vincent wants J.D. gets more teaching accreditation, so he returns to teach at Winston University for a short time.
Scrubs was discontinued in part due to ratings, but also due to the fact that it had radically changed. Lawrence wanted to move on, and his original stars and quirky characters were almost all gone.
Even J.D. only appeared a few times. According to reports at the time, Judy Reyes did not return for Scrubs Season 9 because she was only interested in maintaining her full-time job and the full-time salary that came with it. p>
When New Sacred Heart opened, Elliot (“First Day of School”) made a switch. She told Turk that if she had the chance to support herself financially without having to work, she would give up medicine because she has a hard time breaking news to people they can’t hope to hear to recover from (“My Full Moon”).
In “My Finale”, Kelso decides to go back to being a part-time doctor and leave Sacred Heart forever. After stealing his favorite table from Coffeebucks, he bids a “proper” goodbye to J.D. (handshake) and drives off. The entire staff waves goodbye to Kelso from the hospital windows before he leaves.
Lawrence was up for the challenge, but wanted to brand the new season as a spin-off so his ending for Scrubs would remain intact. According to TVRage, he even wanted to call it Scrubs: Med School. But since ABC had only recently acquired the show, the idea of moving to a new building made executives nervous.
Carla marries Turk in the Season 3 season finale, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”. She and Turk go through a trial breakup in Season 4 after Carla finds out Turk is still talking to his ex-girlfriend without telling her he’s married.
Final Scrubs appearance by: Zach Braff as J.D., Sarah Chalke as Elliot, Christa Miller as Jordan.
TIL Laverne from Scrubs was only killed because Bill Lawrence felt it was going to be the show’s final season. He promised their actor a role and cast her as an almost identical nurse named “Shirley”.
When Scrubs was at its peak, Zach Braff was one of the highest-earning actors on television. Although his salary varied over the seasons, he once made $350,000 per episode from Scrubs.
In 2001 she was awarded Dr. Elliot Reid in the NBC comedy series Scrubs and was a cast member for all nine seasons until the series ended in 2010.
As if they never left. The Scrubs cast is notoriously close in real life, with BFFs Zach Braff and Donald Faison celebrating birthdays together and even hosting the Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast. Also co-stars Sarah Chalke and John C.
There were a few moments with Kim and his son last season, but much of Season 9 focused on Elliot being pregnant without ever showing her birth, rather than J.D.’s son Sam.
Judy Reyes left Scrubs amid salary dispute
In 2008, Reyes announced that she would be leaving after season eight, along with series creator Bill Lawrence and Braff. At the time, she explained that her colleagues’ salaries were “beyond budget… as well as their ambitions. Mine too.”
Season 7 has been confirmed with a reduced run of 18 episodes and will likely be the final season. Due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only 11 episodes were completed and 6 aired prior to the strike.
They go on a date that ends with J.D. makes her pregnant through premature ejaculation. In Season 6, they decide to keep the child and try to make a relationship work, but they break up when Kim announces she had a miscarriage.
J.D. is in her mid-30s and is married to longtime love interest Elliot Reid. He previously lived with his best friend, Christopher Turk, through college, med school, and his first four years at Sacred Heart, and was roommates with Elliot through his fifth and part of his sixth year at the hospital.