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Fans React to Connie Britton's Return to '9-1-1' Season 3 Finale

Odette Odendaal
May 07, 2020
03:00 A.M.
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'9-1-1' fans should buckle up for the show's wrecked two-part season finale next week. With all the drama and explosive action a season finale can hope for, it also sees the brief return of a beloved character.

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With the show's third season coming to a close next week, and update posted by Fox confirmed that Connie Britton would return for the two-part finale.

Connie Britton arrives at the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 27, 2013, in Washington, DC. | Source: Shutterstock.

Connie Britton arrives at the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 27, 2013, in Washington, DC. | Source: Shutterstock.

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ABBY CRASHES BACK INTO THE SHOW

During the first season of "9-1-1," Connie became known as the beloved emergency call operator Abby Clark, and according to the teaser, it took nothing short of a devastating train accident to bring her back temporarily.

"There's been a train crash," Connie reportedly said over the phone in the promo that aired after the episode on Monday evening.

Following Connie's exit from the show, Jennifer Love Hewitt took over from the second season as 911 operator Maddie Kendall.

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SHE IS WELCOME TO RETURN

Even so, co-creators of the show Brad Fulchak and Ryan Murphy would welcome her back with open arms if she decided to reprise her role, as they previously said:

"The front door, back door and side door are always open for her to return.”

"9-1-1" became one of Fox Network's highest-rated scripted shows since it premiered in January 2018, and fans can look forward to a fourth season as well.

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Connie's brief return will reunite her with fellow co-stars Angela Basset as Athena, Oliver Stark as the firefighter Buck, with whom Abby had a romance. Paramedic Hen, played by Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi as the firefighter Chimney, and Rockmond Dubar as Michael.

WHY CONNIE LEFT

According to the co-chairman of Fox, Gary Newman, they initially "envisioned" the role of Abby Clark as a "one-year role," but he said that they would be "thrilled" to have her return to the show if she ever chose to make the move.

Connie had a one year contract, and when it ended, she chose to move on and dive into other acting obligations.

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GOING BACK TO HER ROOTS

After wrapping the first season of "9-1-1," Connie went on to reprise her role as Vivien Harmon in "Apocalypse," and also returned for the filming of the eighth season of "American Horror Story."

Her performance as Debra Newell in the series "Dirty John" later that year, also earned Connie a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film.

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FANS REACT

Loyal fans of "9-1-1" simply "can't wait" for the two-part finale of the "addictive" show, even though it caused a mixed and emotional reaction.

While some can't stand the thought of having to wait a week to see the final part of the finale, others found it "rude" that they brought Abby back with a fiancé since she left Buck behind pining after her when she left.

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NOT JUST POPULAR BUT ALSO AWARD-WINNING

At the NAACP Awards held early this year, Angela Bassett, who stars as Athena, walked away with the Best Actress award.

Well deserved, the actress looked stunning in a green gown and glowing as she stepped up to receive the acknowledgment of her outstanding performance in the show.

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