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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:

How do you feel about Katherine's exit from Grey's Anatomy?

 

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My question is for.Katherine Heigl This fan is shocked that you are leaveing the show that made you a star.My name is Paul Birch Im a huge fan of yours.Katherine I wish you were on grey"s anatomy
My opion about you.Katherine Heigl Im deeply dispointed in you I thought Grey"s Anatomy meant something to you.Katherine what about your fan"s like me.That belive in you.Your number fan Paul Birch

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I'm really confused. I thought everyone said she was coming back just for a few more episodes, then leaving. It turs out the the januarary episode was the last! She should get a better send-off then that, Like George did. I got to say, I will miss Izzy. Even thou i thought she was turning into kinda of a ***** I will still miss her :(

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She has not abdicated to a mag...I think that she is better off.

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That picture of KH makes me just want to.... The editor of the magazine wanted a reaction to this picture. What's TR doing now. Or the guy who played Burke? How long will it be before TR's and KH's photos get removed from the heading picture of this fan site? Arizona and Teddy need to be added

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KH is a working mom who has chosen a film career. Not many of the GA actors have such a choice, but Kh was able to walk away. She feels her fan base will go and see her romcom films. There's always a market for romcoms. it'll be how long she'll do them for. I do hope that Alex gets a scene where he's got legal paper work ending his marriage to Iz. We need Iz to make a complete exit from Alex's storyline, and for Mer not feeling the need to keep being loyal to Iz.

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where can i read the whole article?

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its better that she left. she wasnt able to do justice to izzie and its better to be left out than being present 4 episodes a season.

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Mai that scene with Mer and Izzy was heart wreching for Mer. I felt so sorry for her. But I thought that was as good and ending as anyone has got on this show. Burk just took his things and left. Hahn is still lost in the parking lot. George did get a good send off. He died but still it was done really well. So in my opinion I think that was a good enough ending for her and she don't need to come back. I have been tired of her drama for the last 2 or 3 yrs. I'm glad it is over.

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Mer: This is ur home. Izzie: No, it's not, not anymore. It's just a place I worked, and I can do that anywhere (Izzie's last line on Grey's.. coincidence?)

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I still say next season give Izzie a new face. I'm glad Katherine wants to dedicate time for her family. It's a shame that Izzie has to suffer. As a character Izzie had potential to be a great surgeon. We got use to Burke not being on Grey's, we got use to Hahn being gone, we are just getting use to George not being there anymore, it won't take long and we'll get use to Izzie not being there anymore. It's like any work place employees change all the time. Hopefully they'll give Jackson Avery some juicy storylines to take our minds off Izzie. Let's see Alex move on and have a serious relationship not with Lexie, Lexie and Jackson would make a cute couple.