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Katherine Heigl to Return to Grey's Anatomy, But For How Long?

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Izzie is back on Grey's Anatomy.

Whether her return is short-lived is another story.

After taking a three-month maternity leave to bond with her 15-month-old daughter Naleigh, whom she adopted in September with musician husband Josh Kelley, Katherine Heigl is due to return, finally, to the set of Grey’s Anatomy on March 1.

But two weeks later, the actress will be in Las Vegas to accept the ShoWest award for Female Star of the Year, a film honor previously won by Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston.

Is that yet another sign that Heigl — who took a five-episode hiatus from Grey’s earlier this season to film the romantic comedy Life As We Know It - is ready to depart Grey’s?

“It wouldn’t be a shock,” says a source close to the show.

Has Izzie's absence left a void or has it been a non-issue this year?

By the time Grey’s Anatomy airs the finale of Season 6 in May, Heigl, who has occasionally expressed displeasure with the show, will have missed roughly half its 24-episode run.

Despite winning a supporting actress Emmy in 2007, her contract negotiation squabbles and even dissatisfaction with the show's writing have become public in recent years.

So is the actress, who has five movies in development and an action comedy, Killers, out in June, indeed winding down her stint as Dr. Isobel Stevens? Do you want her to?

Whatever happens, don’t expect an announcement before June, when the Grey's Anatomy cast typically learns about their contracts status for the upcoming fall season.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Without IZZIE the show is not the same .... George is already out of the show .... i cant take anymore characters leaving ..... i love Izzie, and Alex needs her and if she goes i will for sure not watch the show.... i think the show was basically about Cristian, Mer, Izzie, Alex, and George.... with George's death its only the four .... they cant narrow it down to three.... I really hope Katherine decides to say ... i really do.

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i love izzie n alex together n i watch this show only 4 them i enjoy their chemistry katherine plz plz plz come back ,i m going to leave watching this show widout izzie n alex together

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I agree with Suzanne, I can't stand her anymore since she started talking like that about the show. her movie Killers....would have been a better movie without her... that's all I'm going to say

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I m from morocco and I love The show. Izzie is a very important to the show so please katherine come BAck !!! you won t find something better than this show :D

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I NEED IZZIE BACK AND FULL TIME FOR THIS AND NEXT SEASON

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I love Izzie, she has been my favorite character since I started watching the show in season 2! If she goes I will still watch the show but it just won't be the same knowing that she won't eventually be back. Like right now I dnt mind her being gone because I know for a fact that Izzie will be back in a few weeks... it's just become the norm for K.H. to be absent from the show for long periods of time and then just reappear out of nowhere. I really did like Alex/Izzie and I still do and I hope that everything works out between them. I can't say that I like where the show is headed right now though, unlike everyone else I really can't stand the whole Teddy, Owen, and Christina love triangle... to tell the truth I don't like Owen or Teddy at all... Maybe soon the show can start going in the right direction again - nonetheless I will continue to watch with or without katherine heigl!

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Personally, I thought both George and Izzie had WAY too much screen time over the past two years. There are so many great characters to focus on and they all (including the star, Meredith) took a back seat to the George and Izzie drama. I was sad to see George go, but I would not be sad to see Izzie go. In fact, I was hoping beyond hope that Izzie would have died and George lived. Please let Katherine Heigl out of her contract. Clearly, she is no longer grateful for the opportunities Grey's has helped her get. After all, who knew Katherine Heigl BEFORE Grey's? Please ABC and Shonda Rhimes, let her go and give Alex a story and great life without her.

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izzie and alex for ever, please they have be parents will faNTASTIC alex be coming a father, a little izzie or alex, i want see katherine in season 7, but with alex, or better with mark , and then alex die for her, and lexie,well lexie should be alone, she is a bad person, she betrayed izzie, remember she is alex´wife. lexie sucks