Katherine Heigl is Leaving Grey’s Anatomy

Mike Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly has just announced the end of ‘Izzie Stevens’ on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’  Since Heigl’s film career has taken off, she has long desired to escape her contract on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’  As a result, there have been some cutting barbs in the press between Heigl and the show’s creators over the years.  Here are some of them:
Heigl took her name out of the Emmy race and, she told the press that she felt she wasn’t given the proper material by Grey’s writers to warrant an Emmy nomination
Heigl told Letterman that she had a 17 hour work day which she thought was “cruel and mean,” and the Grey’s camp responded by saying that the long work day was actually a favor to her to work around her movie schedule

Heigl complained to the press that she wasn’t given the respect she deserves during her contract renegotiation so she walked out.   

You may remember my post about why George Clooney is so respected in Hollywood.  Clooney’s film career took off while he was on ER, and instead of acting like Heigl and bashing ER to get out of his contract, he respected the show and stayed until his contract was up.  I think she should have done the same.  Time will tell as to whether she will pay the price for this.

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