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Shonda Rhimes Confirms Katherine Heigl Return to Grey's Anatomy

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At the 41st Annual NAACP Awards on Friday night, Shonda Rhimes talked a little about Grey's Anatomy, including what’s in store for Katherine Heigl’s character.

Well, sort of. At least we know that her character will be involved in ... something. “She’s written into the next script,” Shonda revealed to reporters at the event.

Heigl's stint on the drama has been marked by controversy the past two seasons and by two prolonged absences in the current Season Six. But she'll be back.

While we know that Izzie Stevens, who suffered from an almost lethal bout with cancer, is definitely returning, the fate of the Chief of Surgery is another story.

  • At a Meeting
  • Isobel Stevens Photo

What does the future hold for Richard and Izzie?

“Well, I love James Pickens and I think that we’re going to get to see a lot more of him and what happens to his character and explore what happens to a doctor when they go to rehab and eventually come out the other side,” Shonda explains of his character, Richard Webber.

But any show needs a bit of new blood, and some change to keep running on all cylinders. Shonda Rhimes agrees that Jesse Williams is perfect to fill that role.

“We developed his character a little more and illuminate who he is a little more to give more time to him… I think it was nice to bring in people that the audience would hate and our characters would have to rise against,” she revealed after the awards ceremony in L.A.

Guess he's not one of the two Mercy Westers who'll be fired.

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I loved Jackson from the moment his blue eyes popped on my tv! *faints* He's a strong character & has great chemistry with the main cast.
Izzie=BORING! She was great the first 4 seasons, but season 5 onward-yawn.
Keep GasMan around! Him & Bailey are too cute.

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I loved Jackson from the moment his blue eyes popped on my tv! *faints* He's a strong character & has great chemistry with the main cast.
Izzie=BORING! She was great the first 4 seasons, but season 5 onward-yawn.

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Luckily Jackson isn't going to get fired.

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Oh God...I just hope that Izzie isn't written a la S5 final episodes. I can't take Izzie-palooza all over again! She ruined me the 100th episode...no more. I'm all for more Webber but he has to act like a Chief (or former Chief) and not like a 5 year old who's toy was taken. Patience is a virtue. I hope for a more mature discussion from both him and Derek.

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OMG!!! I'm so over Izzy. Who cares if she stays or leaves anymore. The show has been better without her. They need to let her go on to do whatever and send Nosedive April Hunt and Teddy with her.

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so happy that izzy is coming back!!! it was wierd enough after george died and then izzy left!!!! i hope she never leaves again. i hope none of the characters ever leave!!!!!!! Grey's Anatomy forever!!!!!!!!

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Okey,When Shonda speaks,i don't like. Pickens alias Webber in this season is heavy and is boring to death.The return of the blonde,does not do me go crazy because by now the dinamices are changed,Alex doesn't seem feel more her lack and sincerely if she returns and we see all 5 episodes on her,she's enough for me in the last season.The beautiful Jesse ,i understand that he likes to Shonda,will be a regular for the 7th season.With reguard the next 'll be fired, i think all the rest of the MWO AND tEDDY, TOO.

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Ohh !! the b!tch diva is back on your garbage and stupid show.. enjoy her Retards !!

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IZZIEEEEEEEEEEEE !!! Love You Girl !!! Don't Leave Us I Love u so so so much !!!!

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