ABC: Katherine Heigl Not Going Anywhere

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The Lovely Katie
We are pleased to report that the lovely Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens will, in fact, continue to call Seattle Grace Hospital home for the foreseeable future.

Following previous reports to the contrary, ABC has issued a statement to Grey's Anatomy fans, assuring them that actress Katherine Heigl is not planning on leaving the show - and that she is indeed being compensated for all her hard work.

"Katherine is an integral part of Grey's Anatomy and its success," the statement reads. "Fortunately, we have a long-term contract to ensure she'll be with the show for several years to come. In recognition of her tremendous talent and value to the show, we recently approached Katherine with an offer to raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract. We were surprised to see this gesture reported negatively in the press, and want to reassure fans that she will continue as Izzie Stevens."

The statement follows report earlier this week that Katherine Heigl, 28, had walked out of contract negotiations on the show. We're thrilled to see that she and the producers have reached an agreement and that the young starlet will be gracing our Seattle hospital's halls for years to come.

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I'm glad she's staying, also - couldn't imagine anyone else playing Izzie! I think they should all band together like the cast of Friends did for years - they each demanded $1 million per episode and NBC paid it when contracts came up for renewal. I think David Schwimmer (Ross) masterminded that idea.

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YAY!!! Izzie is my favorite next to Denny of course! And if she leaves then Denny would probably not be coming back... so, soooo glad she's staying! I agree puprlemerder! it wouldn't be the same without her!

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I have to say that this is the first tv show that I've surfed the net for, joined forums for, etc.... But I have to wonder if the reason we know all this stuff is because of the internet, the immediacy (sp?) of a whiff of news...that maybe all the ups and downs, ins and outs, are SOP and we're just not used to being a part of it. That being said, I have to support Ms. Heigl - I wouldn't want my salary negotiations, meager as they are, to be public knowledge either. Shame on ABC!

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That was good to hear! I am releaved that she is staying on the show!

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i'm extremely relieved that she's not leaving. but i'm also sick of all of this crap coming from the GA set. first Isaiah's rude remarks, then tension over Kate's spinoff, and now Katherine feeling like she's not appreciated. it's really annoying and i hope to god that it doesn't affect the quality of the show because i'm absolutely in love with Grey's Anatomy and it's the best show on TV bar none, and if someone where to leave or something were to happen it would be terrible. why can't they all just be cool and get along without problems? if anyone, even the least integral character were to leave it wouldn't be the same at all. so i really hope that they can sort out all of their problems and that everything can once again be peachy keen, if it ever were, on the GA set.

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YAY! She is my favorite! :) :)

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Heigl is a good actress. Not necessarily more integral than the other cast members. Nice that she's staying, but please don't over estimate her worth-or anyone else for that matter-to the show.

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I'm so glad that Izzie will continue to stay with us :)

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It is always sad when one member of an ensemble cast feels they are not appreciated as much as other members of the cast. It would stand to reason that the actors with more name recognition and more credits to their name would be compensated at a higher rate to begin with, but it would be nice if the salary became more equitable as time goes on. I hope that all nine of the original cast members have six year contracts and that they all stay on the show for at least that long.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.

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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)