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Katherine Heigl Out at Grey's Anatomy, Will Not Appear on Series Again

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After six seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is finally nearing a discharge.

EW says series creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release the fast-rising movie star from her contract and it's up to ABC Studios and Heigl’s reps to hash out an exit agreement.

Why is all of this coming down right now? That’s where things get interesting.

After taking more than half of the current season off to make another movie and connect with her adopted daughter, Heigl was scheduled to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set on March 1 to begin work on the five remaining episodes of the season.

Just one problem: March 1 came and went and there was no Heigl.

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A source within the actress’ camp claims that Katherine “was at home and ready to return to work.” Another insider, however, “insists that it’s much more complicated than that.”

So she just didn't go in? This whole thing is bizarre.

The source adds that talks between Heigl and ABC have been going on for months and last week both sides mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now.

As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set this season after all, which means her final episode as original character Dr. Izzie Stevens already aired.

The soon-to-be-finalized break-up caps a long history between Heigl and Grey’s Anatomy that can be described as contentions. Some of the more high-profile squabbles:
  • In 2007, Heigl found herself in the middle of the T.R. Knight / Isaiah Washington feud when she publicly dissed Isaiah for repeating the F-word at the Golden Globes.
  • In 2008, Heigl took a swipe at Grey’s Anatomy writers when she announced that she wasn’t entering the Emmy race because “did not feel I was given the material."
  • In 2009, she whined to David Letterman that Grey’s Anatomy was subjecting her to intolerable working conditions. “A 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.”
  • Multiple times over the course of those years, Heigl's disagreements over her contract situation became public, with speculation that Season Five would be her last.

The bottom line is that we don't suspect that there will be any love lost on either side as this whole sordid chapter comes to an end. But how do you feel about it as fans?

Happy this ordeal is finally over? Couldn't care less? Sad that she's leaving, or at least sad that she's not getting a formal send-off and just vanishing?

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

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i love katherine and i think its stupoid her an alex never even got divorced before lil grey stepped in her leaving is screwin it all up

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I MISS BURKE!!! The show is great but has never been the same without Burke. I loved the chemistry between he and Yang and think with the loss of Izzie and George they should bring Burke back!!!!

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silly silly people, they can't bring burk back because he was kicked off the show for calling the actor that plays george a f a g. and izzie has to come back, alex is so torn. i almost cried when he thought lexie was izzie in the season final

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I also think that Dr. Burke should be back.Let us forgive and forget:> I really want to see Cristina and Burke be back together again.My favorite

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i dont get how alex finally gets izzie and marries her-hes loved her the whole time.then what ?theyre married for 3 episodes and its over?ridiculous.lets see more of yang and meredith get rid of little grey i hate her.put the chief back where he belongs and get back on track.i have watched greys religiously but im not liking it for a while.i want the old i cant wait for thursday feeling back!come on people,give us what we want!something to talk about!

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K.H. is such a Prima Donna and a big head...

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I agree that now is a good time to bring Burke back. I loved him and Yang and now with the relationship with this doc could prove for great tension. I have not really enjoyed G.A since Burke split....Bring him back.....

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Izzie's Character was by far my favotive and it's just sad that her character in real life is so different. I hoped if someone got to play such a great character they would learn from there character even take on some of there character in there own life. But I guess that did not happen for her and I find that truly sad maybe one day she will see what she gave up.

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well i will miss izzie i enjoyed the difference between her and others as for the new cast's love mckidd!! good addition really dont care for the added cast from opposing hospital and have never warmed up to the young Dr. grey and her affair with whats his name mcsteamy/ thats like a school girl crush on a teacher!!! hey katherine H can revise ROSWELL ...

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Aloso, stop whining about the show isn't the same. The show has been on for years. They are going to change. They are going to grow. They were kids at the start and are adults now. They are NOT the same people. It'd be so pathetic if they were! I love the new ensemble cast. Superb actors. Don't stop watching. Or stop watching. Nobody really cares.

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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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