After a stormy 6 year stay, it seems as Katherine Heigl is just waiting on her official discharge papers from “Grey’s Anatomy.” Series creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release Heigl from her contract, and now ABC and her representatives will work out an exit agreement. However, don’t expect her character Izzie Stevens to return to Seattle Grace Hospital to tie up any loose ends. Heigl, who adopted a baby last year and has been on maternity leave, did not return to the set as expected March 1st to film the five final episodes of the season. But ABC and Heigl mutually decided to end their relationship now instead of at the end of the season.
A source within the actress’ camp claims Heigl “was at home and ready to return to work.” Another insider, however, “insists it’s much more complicated than that.” 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 opposed to at the end of the season. As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the Grey’s set, which means her final episode as Izzie has already aired.
This should be no surprise as Heigl and “Grey’s” have had a rocky relationship. In 2007 she was in the middle if the TR Knight/Isaiah Washington feud, and publicly trashed Washington for repeating a derogatory word at the Golden Globe. Then in 2008 she knocked writers of the show, stating that she wasn’t in the Emmy race because she “did not feel I was given the material… to warrant a nomination.” In 2009, she called the 17 hour work-days on the show cruel and mean while on David Letterman’s show.
I honestly didn’t realize she was even still on the show.
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