Katherine Heigl to Leave Grey's Anatomy After This Season?

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After last season, we'll never again try to predict what Katherine Heigl is thinking or what ABC is planning for her character on Grey's Anatomy. She openly bashed the show, whined about her contract, then seemingly was killed off in the Season 5 finale ... only to survive.

But it's looking more and more like they are paving the way for Heigl’s exit on Grey’s Anatomy, this season, doesn't it? She's been gone half the year as it is, and the future of Alex and Izzie looks dismal, even after she returns to the show (briefly) this evening.

What's going on behind the scenes remains a mystery, however.

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Heigl, clearly, would like nothing more than to move on at the end of the season and pursue her movie career full-time, but the decision is not entirely Heigl's to make.

She has at least another year left on her Grey’s Anatomy contract, so her fate rests with ABC and Shonda Rhimes. However, they could let her out of it early by choice.

They did with T.R. Knight (George), who was similarly dissatisfied with the show last season and was granted a departure. Our guess? This season Heigl gets the same.

What do you think? Should - and will - ABC let Katherine walk?

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i love her!!!!! i loved t.r and i love all greys caracter im defenatly the biggest fan ive seen every episode short and on call videos that are out i would be so upset if she leaves


5 Reasons I'm Lovin It! #1-EAR POLLUTION:
She assaults my ear every time I hear her hateful, soap box, know-it-all, finger-pointing rants she does in interviews or talk shows. It's to the point where I leap to change the station as soon as I see her or find out she's going to be on. #2-QUEEN B OF COMPLAINING:
It's always amazed me how much she complains in the media. It's reflexive for her--just put a mic to her a face and instantaneously, you'll get a heaping of her classless griping, self-righteous, hateful whims. The ironic thing is she is constantly pointing the finger at other people who she perceives as being complainers. Reality check Katherine...You beat them all. #3-BORED ALREADY:
I have lost all interest in her and her character on the show. We've all seen her range as an actress and as a person. It's replaceable and forgettable. There's other more talented, more beautiful, and positive role model actresses out there who would probably actually love to have a chance to strut their stuff. So I say, ON TO THE NEXT! #4-HEIGL = NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder):
I refuse to believe that she does not have this. All of the signs are there. There's alot of people walking around with major issues who simply have not been diagnosed yet. I'm sure there's a pill out there to cure or least treat the symptoms of this horrible and toxic disease. Get well, get well soon! #5-Did I say I was bored with her already?...oh yea, well it's worth mentioning again, so let's count that as reason #5. Some of my coworkers and I were talking about her recently as an example of must-not-see tv and someone we agressively tune out and turn off. I probably still won't get back into watching Grey's because I've just moved on, but kudos to the show and network for discovering she is releasable...your viewers knew that years ago. Oh well, better late than never I guess.


I love Katherine Heigl, I think she is fantastic and a great addition to the show. It will be hard to watch Grey's without Izzie. That is for sure. Every episode she has not been in has not been the same without her there, I wish and hope that she would stay at least until her contract is up. I look forward to watching Grey's when Izzie is in the episode, Season 6 has had good plots and storylines, but I miss Izzie!


Let's keep it real and stick to the facts. Regardless of baby or no baby...KH is not happy with the show. She has been in a very few episodes this year. Yes, KH was one of the main characters of GA. For some reason, justified or not, her storyline has changed. Her character has changed, and yes, I bet at least 90% of the viewers don't like her anymore. Although she was not one of my favorite characters, I liked her. However, regardless of the reason for the leave of absence (first the movie and then the baby) I think she is not really committed to the show and should therefore leave. If you have other interests such as making movies or being a mom, I think you should reconsider everything and make a decision. If you juggle with many things, guess what? You will be mediocre and that will ruin your career and make take a toll on your family. Clearly she wants to be a mom and I don't blame her. She wants to pursue a movie career, I don't blame her either, but her on an off the show is not the way to go. They should let her out of the contract and let her pursue her dreams whatever those might be. The show has survived after many of its characters have gone (Burke, Addison and George to name a few), if KH leaves the show will go on and for those that say that "I will not watch the show if she leaves... we all know that you will still watch it so stop pretending.


Finally... ive wanted her to leave since S3. Kathrine Heigl can only play 1 type of character and she doesn't even do it well. Izzie should have died and George should have lived, thats all i think. i hope they kill her off so she cant come back.


I'm the number one fan of Grey's Anatomy in Brazil and I see that as a tremendous disrespect. If she did not intend to remain, then she should had left earlier, I mean, she could have died. It would be much nicer having a mature Alex starting over and having his "downs" to her death then to her disaperance. Now we have to face again an imature and not fun Alex. And also, Izzy that used to be so "happy and shine" now turnes to be this sad person who does not forgive a thing after so much she had been through. Anyway, if Izzy leaves, than she better dies. That will give much more dignaty to herself and the story of others.


I wish that Katherine would just make up her mind, whether or not she wants to be here or not. I won't bash her and say that the show is better off without her, because I don't think the show is better off without any of the people that have been there from the beginning. If she does come back full time, the writers would definitely be able to give her a kick-ass story line, and not some sloppy plot. I like Izzie as a character for the most part, and although her actions in the show may not make sense to viewers now, its easily rectified. I want Alex and Izzie to work. I wish they would bring back Burke, I wish Bailey would have a more involved storyline, maybe something involving her and the Chief and his alcoholism...I also think that the Mercy Westers need to have some more integration into the show, because right now, they're unimportant peripheral players...let the show reach the greatness of season 2 again!!!


Liz, who tells you, that KH "hates" grey's anatomy? did you read it in this weeks intouch? :) i'm sorry, but i find it so crazy that there are REALLY some people who believe everything they read in the media. i'm not bitching around, i'm just honest!
oh and i personally would not compare KH to IW and - it hurts to say that - also not to TRK, at least she was the won who got the emmy and she dominated the storylines the last years - she's the audiences darling!


she better not leave shes one of my favorites and she is so funny she keeps the show going. when it was confirmed that tr knight was leaving i was so excited and if katherine heigl leaves i will be so mad


Her character no longer adds value to the show. I personally like her movies but they aren't that great either. Her character allowed Alex's character to grow, now he can continue! She isn't needed at all!


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.