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Katherine Heigl Confirms She's "Done" With Grey's, Says Why

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And the inevitable finally happened.

It should come to no surprise that Katherine Heigl has announced her official departure from the series that made her a star in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The set sweetheart turned royal diva told the magazine that she has approached Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about being let out of the rest of her 18-month contract and Shonda agreed. Katherine explains:

“I am done. 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.”

Though one might guess that her eagerness to do more movie roles was at the base of this decision, Katherine is actually using the baby card on this one, saying that her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh changed her "desire to work full-time.”

To disappoint the fans even further, though she was scheduled to appear in the final five episodes of the season, she will no longer be doing so. That means that her Jan. 21 episode cameo was the last time you'll ever see Izzie Stevens.

And does she care? Not really.

She says: “I know I’m disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.”

Oh, you didn't. Trust us. In about a year, you will sorely regret this.

Grey's fans, are U sad to see her go?


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86 comments to “Katherine Heigl Confirms She's "Done" With Grey's, Says Why”

  1. 1

    she's an idiotic dive who cares

  2. 2

    I love grey's but i haven't even really cared that she has been missing from the cast. Her character isn't that important anymore.

  3. 3

    I think she owes it to the character that made her FAMOUS some closure. I feel as if Izzy's cameo is not the right departure.

  4. 4


  5. 5

    It's a better show without her. Just wish they had killed her off instead of George. I miss him but I haven't missed her.

  6. 6

    No. Not sad.

  7. 7

    I love Grey's, but I really won't miss Izzie. Her storylines were always really stupid. Saving a dead deer? Falling in love with a patient (seemingly suddenly), killing him, keeping her job, an then sleeping with him a tumor-induced haze? Dumb. I'm over it.

  8. 8

    she made the show suck

  9. 9

    She's a shitty actress and her character was fucking annoying. She is NOT all that, so she will regret her decision.

  10. 10

    can you say David Caruso?

  11. 11

    whats up w the cover pic? lame.

  12. 12

    Strange as this may sound, I will miss Izzie — I won't miss Katherine Heigl.

  13. 13

    Re: michelle1206 – I agree completely. I'm so over her. I think Karev could go too. He's a jerk. Can't stand his angsty character. So over it!

  14. 14

    she looks like britney spears

  15. KNP says – reply to this


    omg, am i the only one whos going to miss her character?
    this show is my favorite and she needs to come back to finish that last few episodes. everyone keeps woundeing whats going tom happen. and well never truly find out whats going on with her character wont get to see her again!

  16. 16

    please, i love grey's and i used to love izzie but i could never stand her .. couldn't be happier she's gone!

  17. 17

    She's been gone so long I dont think anyone will miss her there. Didn't really care that she was gone anyway.

  18. 18

    Glad she's gone. The show has not lost anything, it's not even noticable that she's not there any more.

  19. 19

    Who didn't see this coming? It was only a matter of time. Grey's has been sucking anyway. Who I really miss is whoever was writing the first and second season.

  20. 20

    Good! The character started out great but then she got annoying. The show will be better without her. I don't think anyone will care all that much.

  21. 21

    unbelievable, here i was waiting for izzie to come back to see what was going to happen to her :/

  22. 22

    Yes I AM sad to see her leaving. I think with George left and Izzie leaving, greys isn't the greys as it used to be. I love greys, but recently i prefer Private Practice. I think greys got a bit boring.
    Anyway.. I can understand that she wants to do different things after all these years.. BUT I really DO NOT like the way she left. They should have announced that she was leaving, and she should have finished the season, or at least come back one episode to 'say goodbye'. In greys she didn't even had a real goodbye to her friends or something.. she just left.

  23. 23

    Obvisouly she draws in the box office numbers with her movies. And so she's got tons of money to live on. So you really think she'll regret making a decision to be home more to raise her kid. Yet you think Kate Gosselin is making a bad decision being away from her kids? You're a real idiot!

  24. 24

    If she wanted to take more time for her daughter then good for her, however, that was a real immature way to handle it, simply not showing up at work? come on, teenagers do that when they want out of their first job. And that photo just makes her look more and more ridiculous, she's a hypocrite that has talked trash about her tv show and all the movies she's made that have made her famous. The show was yours chance Kath, enjoy being plunged back into obscurity, we'll see you in a few years on Dancing with the Stars, or on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

  25. 25

    Does anyone really watch that shiteous show anymore?

  26. 26

    I loved Izzy.. but only the 'early' Izzy, pre all the drama when all these actors started to count themselves too big for the series and started demanding to be left out of the episodes, so that the writers had to make up idiotic storylines to justify it… the last season or so, Izzy's character and storyline sucked.. so she might as well just leave all together, this makes no sense anymore, anyways.. whateff.. ungrateful bitches.. at least have the tomato's to finish your damn contract properly. lamo's

  27. 27

    not smart. the show (to my surprise) has been fine without her. it's just really stupid she didn't at least close out the season. she will definitely end up regretting this.

  28. 28

    I wish she would have died last season.

    In real life… F her.

  29. 29

    Yay! That's great news- I may just watch it again now.

  30. 30

    Katherine who? Izzie who? Does that answer your question?

  31. 31

    Hate the black hair. Hate her attitude.

  32. 32

    Wow…so thats how Izzy Stevens' story ends. :::so sad::

    Well, no use crying over spilled milk! WHAT THEY NEED TO DO is fucking bring BURKE back to stir things up a bit AND THEN they need to pull a soap opera move and BRING GEORGE BACK! Seriously, most people were i.e. me were really pissed off when they didnt kill her with the cancer bit. Katherine H is a tacky ungrateful chainsmoking bore.

  33. 33

    That's a boring cover.
    No one will miss her character.

  34. 34

    izzie has always been my favorite character and i think that her last cameo appearance was not really a proper way for that character to be dismissed. but i think that grey's is probably on its way out anyway–its getting old and tired.

  35. 35

    Re: vickyruns

    i totally agree 100%

  36. 36

    Sad? I'm thrilled…..

    Hate her character…..

  37. 37

    why can't she just admit that she's looking for greener pastures career wise, nothing wrong with that, we all do it with our jobs, climb the ladder, make bigger bucks! But just remember the same people u see going up, are the same u'll see coming down! But good luck!

  38. 38

    You guys are awful, including you Perez. If you read the EW article she says that becoming a mom has completely changed her perspective and her desire to work full time and that her decision was about her family. Too bad you are all obsessed with money and fame and can't understand that decision.

  39. 39

    Praying for a lasting movie career and a "serious" role????????????

  40. 40

    She's a ungreatful biatch. So she's done what like 2 ok movies since being cast as Izzie? Anyone remember Valentine, she was killed off in the beginning she sucks as an actress and Greys made who her she is….Good Riddance.

  41. 41

    What's a "Grey's fan"?

  42. 42

    Please Katherine, just go away. Shut up, leave and don't come back. You're a mediocre actress and boring to watch. Go become a bank teller.

  43. 43

    I'm so upset about her! Also I have to say that Izzy has been an a***ole the last time, so… I'm not gonna miss her so much

  44. losky says – reply to this


    when i first started watching greys, i thought every character was great. each person brought a diffrent flavor to greys. but when someone doesnt want to be a part of soemthing it shows in their work and it brings the show down. if she wasnt planning to come back i wish they just killed her with george. personally i think georges character will be missed more just because her brought this innocent naivety to the show and i miss that. she will defly regret this i think.

  45. 45

    I can understand it now she's a new mom. She made the right decision, your kids come first.

  46. 46

    Good I'm so glad shes gone! Now they will have more time for the real and amazing actors on the show like Ellen Pompeo(who actually physically had a kid and has not missed one episode yet!!!!!) Patrick Dempsey who is just so amazing! Sandra Oh who has to be one of the greatest actresses I have ever seen and shes Canadian which makes her rock even more and then there is the sexy sexy Kevin McKidd!! Katherine has not been missed at all this season I didn't even notice she was gone and Katherine shouldn't forget that Greys started off her career and how many times has she bashed the show saying shit like she didn't have enough good material for her to put her name in for an emmy! How disrespectful can that girl be?!! I'm glad her character Izzie is gone she was annoying and winey she should have been killed off last seaon just like her BFF TR Knight! I am so glad those 2 are gone I'm sure the set of greys will have way less drama without her!!

    Greys is better off without her!!!!!!!!

  47. 47

    I love Grey's!
    Although it's not the end of the world that Izzy is gone, I do believe she owes the show that helped put her on the road to "stardom". Katherine should have done the right thing by filming a proper ending for her character.
    It's clear, she is not a person with integrity!

  48. 48

    Wow. This really makes me angry. I've always loved Izzie, and KH, and even though this season, she's been a royal bitch I feel like she deserved a better send off. This is really disappointing considering all the things Shonda Rhimes has done to accommodate her schedule. But I feel like she's alienating alot of people. Last year, she was America's sweetheart. Now, she is the inconsiderate bitch who doesn't give a crap about the show that gave her everything she has.

  49. 49

    i used to be a big izzie fan :( she let me down.
    why couldnt they have killed her off at the end of last season?
    or at least made a proper goodbye..
    her appearances this season were so off..
    you are selfish to say you dont care about your fans katherine, where would you be without them.

  50. 50

    Re: YummyYummyScrewScrew – Burke made racist remarks so they had to boot him. George was discriminated against so he wanted to leave greys.

  51. 51

    UGH!!! Just get rid of her already

  52. 52

    Nope. Not one bit. I respect the excuse shes giving…I just hope it's true. However, she said before that she wanted to do movies and wouldn't it kinda be the same situation if she were away doing a movie…not being a mother to her child?

  53. 53

    Ugh…I LOVED Izzie and she was my favorite character…but oh well…I still like her and will support her in her movies.

  54. 54

    Honestly, I'm kind of happy she's gone. My friend thought the same thing when I told her she's gone for good, she was ruining the show. I haven't missed her when she wasn't on, and when she was, I kind of wish she wasn't. I don't think many fans will be TOO dissapointed. George on the other hand, T.R Knight, I loved, HIM I miss.

  55. 55


  56. Gena says – reply to this


    I am noticing that Grey's is starting to go down the tubes! I still watch it in hopes that it gets back that charm it once had. I really don't give a shit what happens to Izzy. I hate her "poor is me" character!

  57. 57

    I liked Izzie back in the days before her wacky transformation in season 3. However, I won't miss her now, in fact I think it won't even effect the show considering she hasn't been featured in weeks. As far as KH's career goes, idk I mean maybe she'd rather just stick to movies and fine, but honestly I don't think she's a really great actress. Time will tell.

  58. 58

    is that her on the cover? looks nothin like her

  59. 59

    She's basically been gone for a year, so this is a boring anti-climax.
    (And in the immortal words of Deborah Harry: "Bye-bye, sister - and not a minute too soon.")

  60. 60

    Re: oscardog
    "You guys are awful, including you Perez. If you read the EW article she says that becoming a mom has completely changed her perspective and her desire to work full time and that her decision was about her family. Too bad you are all obsessed with money and fame and can't understand that decision."
    Except that it is rather hard to believe since this has been going on for over a year - long before she adopted the baby.

  61. 61

    Besides "Knocked Up", what other movies has she made that were memorable? Big big mistake leaving Grey's.

  62. 62

    I don't know anyone that still watches Greys. Who cares?

  63. 63

    Thank god. Finally after a million years of her bitching about being on that show. Her loss. She's going to regret it eventually, but she is too full of herself now to realize it. It's a shame too, because I used to really like her and her character. Then I heard her speak.

  64. 64

    she's nobody without greys anatomy, the show made her what she is, what a bitch living it like this aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hate herr

  65. 65

    She looks much better blonde.

  66. 66

    OMG I thought she was Kristin Davis. lol

  67. 67

    Re: BubblestheCat – i was going to ask the same thing. so now i must ask…why would anyone watch that crappy show?

  68. 68

    While she claims she wants to be home as a mom still… I have a hard time believing it because its a well known secret she's wanted off the show for years. So I dont believe a word she says and I can't stand her at all. I for one will not miss her on the show

  69. pj88 says – reply to this


    I am sad to see her go.. she was robbed of the Emmy last year for an incredible year… but there is no doubt in my mind that she wants to focus on her acting career. I would have liked to see her do one final episode to say "goodbye" so I think that's kinda cheap on her part. I'm sure when the show finally ends.. she will be back for a cameo

  70. Elmo says – reply to this


    I AM going to miss her because I think her character on Greyý is so intereting..but I wish her all the best for her new projects - she deserves it!

  71. 71

    If I had a young child and had enough money NOT to work, I wouldn't do it. Those first few years are so precious and kids grow up so fast. And their first 5 years or so are most important in terms of healthy development.. I'd want to be there every second of every day

  72. 72

    Izzy made Heigl the "star" she is today to show such a lack of respect to this and her fans is a disgrace! Lets see in a year if she can even get work.. poor move and one than will back lash! why not just give the character a proper goodbye… shabby work and shabby decision!!! Enjoy becoming a no-body!!!!!!!

  73. 73

    Re: Reginald Perrin – Mom's across the world world have full time jobs and raise their children… and do an excellent job at it!!! It's not an excuse it's a cop out.. she shouldn't use her kid to get out of something she needs to take responsibility for her own decisions!!!!!

  74. 74

    Re: Harliqueen – Do you mean "diva" instead of "dive"?

  75. 75

    I love this woman and she can do what she needs to do..I've worked in hostile environments and life is too short.

  76. 76

    i'm a HUGE fan of grey's anatomy, but i honestly thought she was leaving a LONG time ago. when she ran away the first time. i was suprised to see her come back, and i've been waiting for her final episode. honestly, i don't care that she's leaving.

  77. 77

    I personally do not watch the show, I have catched maybe a few clips that summed up to one episode but thats about it. With that being said, there is such a media thrash against Heigle for being a ruthlessly rude person off set on many film and tv endeavors that I think just turns people off to her. I don't think anyone will look back in ten years and remember her being this uber talented actress. To put down speculation of being difficult and ungrateful to her career opprotunities I would imagine her publicist/agent should have pushed her to finish the 5 episodes without a grunt, but she begged out. She seems pretty pathetic to me and I wouldn't pay money to see a movie she could possibly be casted in in the future.

  78. 78

    Nope. And Hollywood will never forgive her. Huge mistake there girly. No director is going to want their leading lady to be a diva or not care about her fans.

  79. 79

    btw she looks really different aka photoshopped

  80. 80

    As always I am here to apply my flawless logic to the morons here at Perez Hilton’s page. I mean should guys should be thanking me. Because I am doing you a favor. You and your pathetic pink haired loser blogger who knows nothing about real television. In case you haven’t noticed, the show has become a downward slump since season 3. With material that no one could possibly like and asinine stories that can only be applied to morons, no one would want to stay on a show with declining popularity. You claim she is going to regret this a year later. Well ask Jennifer Aniston if she regrets staying on Friends for the entire series? She still can’t shake that “Friends” image of hers. I guess you fools never heard of a thing called typecasting.

  81. 81

    Re: Saralysette – Disappoint the fans? You do realize that people will leave shows and that people have to go on to do other things right? What you and Merrygo round don’t seem to understand is that, this is a BUSINESS. An BUSINESSES change over time. Especially with a show with declining popularity. You Perez, Lesotho and any other fool who thinks that this is a “slap to the face” are just too stupid to realize that. I mean you say it’s a cop out but…do you honestly know the definition of the term? It seems like the lose way you use it, I think a lot of your pathetic bloggers have no idea what the hell you are talking about. Do the world a favor and educate yourselves.

  82. kphi says – reply to this


    Izzy who?

  83. 83

    Re: stellagranos – Except for the fact that she signed a contract FOR two more seasons on GA. So there goes your theory.

    Re: xcalibur – Man alive dude. Aren't there any smart Perez Hilton fans here? I guess its safe to say that 90 percent of the Hilton followers are idiots who don't know how to CAPITALIZE properly.

    Again the show has been sucking for a while now. Her being on it or not has NOTHING to do with the bad quality of the television programming. morons.

  84. 84

    Of course I care that she's gone…
    no matter how annoying people thought her character was she was part of the show from day 1.
    It's sad and disappointing to see her go, especially without a proper 'final' episode.

  85. 85

    For all you people saying shes a crap actress or a diva
    you have to admit she makes a lot of money in movies and millions of people loved her on Grey's.
    No matter how annoying you find the characters, its who they are and who they are written to be.
    The show would not have been the same without her, George, Burke, etc.

  86. 86

    Re: perezputo
    She definitely does look like Britney Spears. When I saw the picture of Heigl having a gown malfunction, I thought it WAS Spears.