Katherine Heigl on Grey's Anatomy: I Am Done

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Erasing the one percent of doubt that may have lingered regarding the ongoing saga, Katherine Heigl has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

“I am done,” the Emmy winner said. “We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on."

"It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”

Well, the 31-year-old is nothing if not candid. She reveals that it was family issues, not her burgeoning film career, that prompted her to approach series creator Shonda Rhimes.

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“I started a family and it changed everything,” says Heigl, who took a three-month leave from Grey’s this season to bond with her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh, and is now free of her contract 18 months early. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”

Although she was scheduled to appear in this season’s final five episodes, that is no longer happening. As a result, the January 21 episode was her final one as Dr. Izzie Stevens.

“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she says. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.” Was it? You tell us by leaving comments and voting in our poll below:

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.