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.


GA made Katherine a big star, not her romcom-movies. She has that big house and fancy car thanks to GA and her fans. And she's acting like a spoiled brat for years now. I love her character in GA, I'm e true Izzie-fan, but Katherine needs to grow up and count her blessings.


they can make her appear in private practice?? Like a new start like addie


What the F***? If she isn't coming back, why didn't they let her die in season 5?
Then nobody would think this way !!
& it's really sad for the izzie / KH fans.....


i think its the most f***** up thing shonda did!!!!!!!!!!!! i couldnt and still cnt believe theres not going to be no more izzie, she was like the funniest one.plus she was like one of the main characters.it's like shonda is trying to gt rid of all the original characters and replacing them. i am a fan of the show but now after this ill think twice of wtchin the show, since new season ive been waitin fr izzie to appear again!!!!!!! shonda's goin to lose a ton of viewers,her own fault,SHE deserves it unlike the show. im so angry....


I understand both sides. I am really sad Izzie will not be on the show because I really wanted the original five to stick together. However, I am happy all this drama is done with. It's a relief to be honest.


If KH doesn't want to be on the show, then they should get rid of her. I just hope they figure out how to give her a good ending, unlike Burke's speedy and unrealistic departure. At least George was given a funeral, a heroic end and his last scene on the show was with Izzy. With all that, I feel that grey's has such a hard time ending characters.


Oh well not a huge loss she hasn't been missed this season at all now more time for the important people on the show!


I think KH is being a brat, honestly. And if I were a casting director, I would not cast her, no matter how good she is/was. I mean, what if she dropped wanted out of her contract for my movie because she found a better one to be in? Unstable. NOT COOL.


I just cant believe whats happening to the show. I have been watching it since DAY 1! I absolutely love the show, I have been told I like it to much haha... anyways in the past 2 seasons... 5 and now this 6th seasons so many things have changed... main characters are leaving.. the stories just arent the same.. I dont know whats going on.. I hope the whole show itself doesnt vanish like all the actors are. As much as I love the show this season has been a little dissapointing, I wont stop watching but I do hope something happens soon a turn around would be awesome. I guess I was a George and Izzie fan the most and now its just so different. :( We will see what happens. I will support kathrine heigl in her movie career I love her movies and I think shes a great actress.


oh we shouldn't worry about her movie career Renee! She has a huge fan base and we'll all support her no matter what... She's already had at least 3 block buster hits in her short career... that girl will go far!

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