Katherine Heigl Quiet on Future; MerDer Wedding is May 7

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Despite ongoing reports that she wanted out of her Grey's Anatomy contract and that she was being killed off the show, Katherine Heigl said she wants to stay on the medical drama if her character, Izzie, survives brain surgery.

"I was assuming that [Izzie would die] at one point, and all I got were a lot of shrugged shoulders and shakes of the head, so I don't know if that's a yes or a no," she told the Associated Press Friday at a party celebrating the show's 100th episode.

"No one will tell me and I don't know how this is going to go."

Katherine Heigl noted that the decision rests solely with the show and series creator Shonda Rhimes, who is known to value plot secrecy.

"I don't know if I live or die," Heigl said. "I don't know how Izzie fares."

Dr. Izzie Stevens has metastatic melanoma - skin cancer - that spread to her brain, giving her only a five percent chance of survival, a story the show has built up for months courtesy of her visions of her late fiance, Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

On Thursday's episode, "Elevator Love Letter," she survived brain surgery.

Sticking Around After All?

Still, Heigl said, "I'm there" if Izzie remains part of Grey's Anatomy, for which she has starred since it debuted on ABC in March 2005. She called the set "one of my favorite places to be" and said her colleagues are also some of her best friends.

Rhimes, who is also an executive producer, declined to comment on what will happen to Heigl's character, but she did reveal a clue about the 100th episode, airing May 7.

"The only thing I'll tell you about the 100th is that it takes place on Meredith [Ellen Pompeo] and Derek's [Patrick Dempsey] wedding day," Rhimes said.

"That's big ... and that's all I'm going to say."

Well, guess we're no longer in the dark about that.

Katherine Heigl, who some thought was wanting to be released from the show to focus on her movie career (Knocked Up, 27 Dresses), said she's comfortable balancing film and TV work by taking on big-screen projects during the summer hiatus.

"I'm more than happy to make that compromise," Heigl said. "As my agent likes to say, 'High-class problems.' I don't know if I want to continue for five years working 12 months a year, but I can take at least another year or two."

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Katherine makes the show......
I find Mer's not growing up like the others....and Derek is too obliging to her whines.
She should now act mature enough and she should be ready to be a strong Doctor/Surgeon.


I support the call to stop the fights. It's really getting ridiculous. Obviously each side is not going to convince the other side to convert. Let's respect each other. and each other's opinions.
And stop the name calling and insults.


I'm glad KH is staying. I hope she stays on for as long as the show is on. I like Izzie, the character. But KH the actress, I kinda' have misgivings about as she sometimes comes across as a pompous ungrateful snob. But based on what she said on the interview, I guess KH is starting to realize her luck landing Grey's and starting to actually have some kind of gratitude towards the show and its fans.


I beg you guys, stop those fights now. It makes a lot of people not even want to post here.


I know, enough already. I love Gizzie but I don't hate AI fans and never insulted them. Please don't generalize and let's not start this fight again. Both fanbases have a FEW extremely rude fans. I'd like to think they were the minority. And yeah bashing George's looks is a big no-no too. TR is a real-life person whose feelings do get hurt. Same with JC's looks bashing. Bashing actors' looks is a huge NO_NO.


I thought those AI fights were done. I have seen rudeness and jerkness from both sides, now let's get over this and stop this. I am sick and tired of it. Let's talk about something else.


OK you do realize that an AI fan is the one who started the attacks on this thread right? We were saying we wished GI would get married, and the person said she couldn't believe anyone was stupid enough to love Gizzie, then said in bold letters they should be friends. Capping is yelling at someone on the Internet. On another thread here, a Gizzie hater called me a psycho for liking Gizzie. You guys attck just as much and when you attack, we attack back. Right now, things had calmed down and you attacked us by calling us idiots and arrogaant jerks. Yes we are arrogant jerks for liking a couple, yeah, but we are the verbally abusive ones. I don't know. You should maybe clean your own mouth before judging someone. And NO I will NEVER accept Alex and Izzie. I don't ssupport abusive relationships where one of the members is so self-centered, he can't even tell his girlfriend is dying.


Then maybe you shouldn't be insulting the Gizzie fans then too. I thought we had stopped the fight. Some Gizzie fans being rude doesn't mean MOST Gizzie fans are, don'tt make generalizations. I guess you don't mind the AI fans saying that George looks like a dog and is too ugly for a girl like Izzie. I have been reading many AI fans saying that and I don't go saying all the AI fans are shallow people. And we Gizzie fans have been called immoral, retarded and psychopaths for loving Gizzie. An AI fan has been calling all the Gizzie fans bitches. Funny how that doesn't bother you at all that we get called psychos for liking a couple but when AI fans get attacked, you get all outraged. We need to get over it and accept that AI is together, like the AIU fans got over it and accepted that Gizzie was together? Because I remember them threatening Shonda, whining like crazy and bashing Gizzie and their fans all the time. So exactly why should we be more mature? I think AI is all wrong for each other, and I don't have to accept anything. To me, Gizzie will always be the better couple. That said, I never called any AI fans idiots, in fact I have some really good friends who are AI fans, and who have been very respectful of me being a Gizzie fan. They also happen to be George fans and they hate it that some AI fans here keep bashing TR's looks just to prop up AI. In fact, one told me some AI fans made her ashamed to be an AI fan. Hey if I don't generalize all the AI fans because of the cheating, spamming shallow ones I met on some boards, how about you do the same for GI fans? You don't even know 5% of them yet you put us all in the same basket? Get real!


I want Izzie to stay especially since Alex and her have finally started their relationship. I would love to see her daughter come back (maybe she has someone find her because of her illness) I think there is so much more to do with her charcter. I tired of Alex not having a relationship. I thought they put Merideth's sister with Mcsteamy because Alex needs to end up with Izzie. If you want to chat please add me on facebook joyce71922@aol.com


Ok. Sorry about that last post. It's just that I've been reading up on the other thread too and most Gizzie fans are arrogant jerks who call AI fans idiots just because they don't agree with them. Degrading someone's intelligence is just really a low blow in my opinion. You don't even know the person you're calling an idiot. Let's keep the boards clean alright? You don't attack, we don't attack.

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