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Where Does Katherine Heigl Go From Here?

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Katherine Heigl is either a genius or an idiot, or perhaps a little bit of both. Either way, it's hard to see what she's angling for here.

Her direct slap at Grey's Anatomy writers by withdrawing her name from Emmy Award consideration due to the "insufficient material" given her character has renewed speculation that the blonde bombshell wants off the ABC medical drama STAT.

She's under contract for two more seasons of Grey's Anatomy, though, and most likely can't make her departure happen because she feels like it.

Unless Heigl burns so many bridges and becomes such a liability that the show's writers decide to eliminate her from the series of their own volition.

Amazingly, Heigl makes about $200,000 per episode of Grey's Anatomy, an absurd amount of money by any measure. The potential to make even more money through movie roles is certainly there, but it's also more fleeting.

Beautiful and Controversial

One can't help but wonder why Katherine Heigl would be so quick to turn her back (publicly no less) on Grey's Anatomy, the show that made her a household name.

Admittedly, it's been a rough stretch for Katherine Heigl and her character, Izzie Stevens, on Grey's Anatomy. The writers' strike did not help matters.

Even before that, though, the writers may simply be running out of news things for Izzie to do. Once she got together with George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) and that didn't work out, her character seemed to be drifting a bit.

Which brings us to an issue that such a large, ensemble cast is bound to run into once a show stretches into its fourth season ... and beyond.

With so many characters and so many interpersonal relationships, the show runs the risk of running out of plausible and entertaining plot lines.

That, in turn, causes frustration among its audience, but perhaps even more among the actors themselves. The day may come Grey's Anatomy will feel the need to write in new characters and write out old characters.

What do you think? Would the Grey's Anatomy cast be better or worse without Katherine Heigl - and what should be done with her character?

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They definitely shouldn't write Katherine's character out. One of the biggest reasons I watch the show is for Izzie. Her character is not always dark and twisty like Meredith and Christina. The dynamic she brings to the group is essential and refreshing. I absolutely love her character. Not to mention that Katherine is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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in some ways yes and in some ways no- Izzie plays a great charter but she needs to stop smoking for health reasons and for the poor Greys Anatomy viewers that are going to miss her on the show if she goes. she brings great presonalty to the show. Please don't kill her off!!!
GREYS ROCKS
love always Syd

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KH is well within her right to choose to opt out of the EMMYs, it was the smartest thing for her to have done. With the lame material she was given she certainly has no chance for even a nomination so what do you think THAT will do to her blossoming Movie career.
For all those condemning her for "biting the hand that fed her" All I can say is GIVE ME A BREAK! do you think if the tables were turned the Studio will think twice about dumping her if that will translate into higher ratings (which can only happen in a parallel world); she just weighed her options and chose the the best strategic line of action i.e saving herself the humiliation of not getting even a nomination after her last years performance - which could wreck her promising movie career. In such a scenario bad press alone could kill her career. Thankfully with her smart choice that isn't happening.
As for killing Izzie, I have no worries, Shonda knows exactly where the show is headed without Izzie.
Gizzie is the best love story on TV AND in the movies, it's so because KH loves TRK in real live but tragically TRK is Gay so she gets to vent her feelings for him on GA thats why every Gizzie love scene is hot because its real.
Any thats what i think.
KH you absolutely rock!

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KH is well within her right to choose to opt out of the EMMYs, it was the smartest thing for her to have done. With the lame material she was given she certainly has no chance for even a nomination so what do you think THAT will do to her blossoming Movie career.
For all those condemning her for "biting the hand that fed her" All I can say is GIVE ME A BREAK! do you think if the tables were turned the Studio will think twice about dumping her if that will translate into higher ratings (which can only happen in a parallel world); she just weighed her options and chose the the best strategic line of action i.e saving herself the humiliation of not getting even a nomination after her last years performance - which could wreck her promising movie career. In such a scenario bad press alone could kill her career. Thankfully with her smart choice that isn't happening.
As for killing Izzie, I have no worries, Shonda knows exactly where the show is headed without Izzie.
Gizzie is the best love story on TV AND in the movies, it's so because KH loves TRK in real live but tragically TRK is Gay so she gets to vent her feelings for him on GA thats why every Gizzie love scene is hot because its real.
Any thats what i think.
KH you absolutely rock!

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I think they should be glad they still have katherine heigel!

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i think it would be a pity if she leaves she show she is that little thign of hope and "girly" sprakle.. in the show she has an amazing character , i don't think she si ungrateful, she just msut feel bad if the writters dont give more material to work with, she can't change the script, me as anactress myself i would feels ad if such amazing chacrater doest have mroe to give, i thoguht ymaelf what the hell? what happened wqith izzie because the show didn show much on 4th season and all the show is about meredith at some point i think there is a lot fo thign writters could consider about whr alot of new dieas, the could touch the relationship she ahs with ehr mom, her daughther, and make her be abck with george because it is kind mer-der.. after all they stikc together!ª i hope she really doesnt elave the show she si the main reason i love the show and i see it .. i kind like find ymself in izzie and is an amazing way to see yourself ina tv show ... i really really hope she keeps being izzie for a long long long time
bjs

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I dont know why everyone thinks that season 4 of grey's sucked! in my opinion it was the best season and the finale was equal to that one of the season 2 finale. ok izzie as a character didnt have an interesting story line in the last couple of episodes- after she broke up woth george but.... season 4 still was great

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Ok so I'm thinking that Katherine has two points going in my eyes. First point: I think she was just being self-centered. I mean, she's been in MANY movie blockbusters, but Grey's got her started, and without it, she'd be just another struggling, young actress. Second point: maybe she has a slight point. I mean, Izzie had some storylines, but not as many as others. But there was a HUGE brick wall that appeared in the middle of the season. It's called a Writer's Strike, smart ones. Maybe Katherine pulled her name out of consideration because all the other characters had better, stronger storylines. Like, personally, I think Chandra Wilson deserves an Emmy. She was EXCELLENT this season. Well I think that she should stay on Grey's, and that she should learn to say what people tell her to say, and try not to make people hate her anymore. That's my two cents.

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I think the COMA idea is stupid.. I like Katherine her character in Grey's is one of my Favorites. I love her in 27 dresses that was the best movie ever.. I really hope she stays in Grey's Anatomy the show wouldnt be the same without her...

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Katherine was right to withdraw her name from Emmy nomination. The writers really didn't give her the material that would warrant a nomination. Look at how she won the last Emmy - her scenes where Izzie talks about giving her daughter up for adoption and most notably the scenes with Denny, especially the last scene on prom night. Katherine has PROVED that she can deliver when she's given the right stuff. It's not her fault that lately, the GA writers have been giving her high school drama crap with Izzie and George and she can't stretch her acting chops. Katherine was totally just in speaking out. Maybe it wasn't the best move media wise, but she was right. Her material sucked this season. To the GA writers - give Katherine a chance to once again floor audiences with writing that is more than just irritating banter between Izzie and George. Give her another scene like prom night, and we'll all see that Katherine isn't just an ego inflated actress. She's actually a GOOD actress.

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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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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