L.A. Times Discusses Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight Rumors

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The Los Angeles Times is weighing in on the rumors of two Grey's Anatomy cast members leaving the show, and whether said rumors should be believed - and moreover, if all of the suspense surrounding the pair's drama is necessarily a bad thing.

Whatever plot twists the Grey's Anatomy writers are planning, they can't possibly be as dramatic - or at least as suspenseful, in the literal sense of something suspended that never actually falls - as the rumored exits of cast members Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight.

Lingering for months already, this particular bit of off-screen gossip was heightened yesterday by a new report that quotes fellow cast member James Pickens, Jr., as declaring that Heigl and Knight are as good as gone from the ABC medical drama.

Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight Photo

Katherine Heigl is a sometime movie star (some of her Knocked Up quotes were pretty funny) with a well-documented fondness for saying seemingly unguarded and possibly career-jeopardizing things, like dissing the series with a grandiose gesture.

That being removing herself from Emmy consideration last year and saying "the material I was given" failed to warrant consideration. This after winning the previous year.

T.R. Knight, who was at the center of an ugly gay-baiting incident involving former co-star Isaiah Washington, is reportedly unhappy with what he feels is limited screen time.

A couple points, however, are getting lost in the scuffle to squeeze some sort of definitive news from Pickens' comments, according to the L.A. Times ...

First, how does Pickens know for sure that either one of his costars is leaving?

Actors are not always the most reliable sources of dish on upcoming scripts, let alone information about what's happening off the set.

For the record, Grey's Anatomy, network and studio sources have declined comment on the Heigl-Knight issue, as have PR reps for the two actors themselves.

That leads the second point: Why should anyone comment and ruin all this great suspense? Now in its fifth season, Grey's Anatomy needs all the help it can get.

Back in the day - the 2006-2007 season, to be precise, when it averaged a record 19.9 viewers - it was ABC's top-rated scripted show and bona fide sensation.

That all seems like a very, very long time ago.

Some fans have complained about this season's story lines - particularly the remergence of "Dead Denny," a deceased former love interest of Heigl's character surgical resident Izzie Stevens - and the show is slogging through its worst-ever ratings, averaging 15.1 million.

A current arc of interlocking episodes with the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice seems to be boosting the latter show without doing much to help the former.

So by keeping the Katherine Heigl-T.R. Knight drama alive, was James Pickens, Jr., just been doing what he could to help out the home team. Or speaking candidly?

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Maybe François is French like me and English is not his first language? Give people a break, all knowing-one.


You are losing (among other things) the direct and indirect pronouns in this country (me, him, her, etc.) ... it's so sad, really, mon cher. ---> "my wife and I's"??? see the following comment: "Francois Says:
February 11th, 2009 5:25 PM We don't know. I hope not, George and Izzie are my wife and I's favorite, and we love Gizzie."


George is my favoirite and I like Izzie too. Gizzie is my couple for life. They need to stay.


I dont think they should leave Izzie is one of my favorite characters of the show and I like George as well. Its just not gonna be the same without them. Tonights episode sure did make it look like Izzie is leaving. I think when I was reading spoilers a while back they said Izzie is gonna have a brain tumor.. Well tonight sure did stick to that idea, she is going blind or having trouble seeing isnt that sign of some type of tumor in the brain.. Well I cant wait to see next weeks episode..


Let me say again: They are great together, as a couple and I can't say the same about mark and lexie, this couple has NO quemistry, please!!! If TR and KH are really leaving I hope that they fall in love again and get married (so at least one marriage will happen in this show). P.S.: Sorry for my bad English

Mcdreamy is mine

I absolutely have to agree with greysanatomyismylife.


OMG!!! ive got Katherine's freeking shoes! or simalar! dead serious!!


No Gizzie was not given a chance. They had one kiss and one 20 secodns love sceen, went out for two episdoes and the ended. I know for a fact when they first got together, and he said I love you too, and they had the bench scene, many former haters fell in love with the pairing and then were shocked when about 3 episodes later they were dropped. Yet the elevator kiss, that love scene and them flirting in the hall showed amazingly hot chemistry between the two. Mark and Lexie are being given a chance, and they have abssolutely no chemistry. George and Izzie never were and many of us Gizzie fans have felt cheated since that day. Yes they had their haters but they also had a lot of very loyal fans and Shonda acted like our feelings didn't matter at all. Then she acted like the George fans' feelings didn't matter at all. I for one will never forgive her which is why I am leaving when George goes.


Does nobody consider that maybe both of these actors want to leave, and don't want to be on the show anymore? I don't know...what can the producers do if that's the case? I feel for those of you who are fans of the characters - it always sucks when a favourite character leaves - but if they have different visions for their careers, or don't like the direction of the show, etc. than it's probably time to move on. And maybe they have good reason to be leaving a bad workplace. But if that's the case, it's probably irreconcilable and better that they leave. And if it isn't the case, and they really just want something different, than so be it. Remember - you're talking about their lives, not your tv-watching habits.


lets strike outside the studio. :) We want our cast to stick together!!!! lol


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.