We can't confirm this Grey's Anatomy gossip with any degree of certainty, but BuddyTV is reporting that Katherine Heigl wants to leave the series that has vaulted her to critical acclaim and fame on the big and small screens.
Heigl, who has experienced success at the box office with movies Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, reportedly seems more focused on pursuing her big screen career now and believes that she may have "outgrown" Grey's Anatomy.
Rumors say that Katherine Heigl, who plays Dr. Izzie Stevens, has even asked the producers of the hit medical drama to kill off her character - and to do so in such a manner as to hopefully elicit record ratings for the show.
SIDE NOTE: It would be tough to top the viewer response that followed last season's three-part episode in which Meredith Grey died and was later revived.
Katherine Heigl is allegedly swamped with movie offers these days.
The Emmy-winning Grey's Anatomy actress has apparently been swayed by impressive box office performances of her theatrical releases that she no longer wants to be attached strictly to her small screen persona.
She is rumored to be keen on focusing on her film career and has even put together a production company with her manager and mother, Nancy Heigl.
Even if this were true, and we're not sure it is, simply orchestrating a dramatic exit from the Grey's Anatomy cast won't be easy for Katherine Heigl.
Not if the show wants her back, that is. Heigl's contract with ABC and Touchstone has her locked in at Seattle Grace for the next several years.
What do you think? Do you buy this report? And would you like to see Katherine Heigl (and Izzie Stevens) bid farewell to Grey's Anatomy?