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.

Samantha Harris v. Brooke Burke: Harris says she can Return to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ if she wants

Samantha Harris was pretty cryptic in a recent interview, saying “who knows what the future holds,” and “for season 10” of DWTS, she “want[ed] to focus on ‘The Insider.'”  Since Brooke Burke has been named the new host, I wonder if Samantha Harris is having buyer’s remorse.  After all, ‘The Insider’ is the worst show on television.  Perhaps this is her way of telling Burke not to get too comfortable.  Am I reading to much into it? 

Dancing With the Stars Reveals Partners

I am pretty excited about this.  I was initially a little disappointed by the star selection, but now that they are paired up I am looking forward to it.  Personally, I am rooting for Maksim this year.  He’s never won and he’s pretty to look at, so I want him there as long as possible.  Here is the lineup:
Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani
Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood
Chad Ochocino & Cheryl Burke
Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas
Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska
Buzz Aldrin & Ashley Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower

Dancing With the Stars Reveals Season 10 Cast–>I am Disappointed

Here is the lineup for Season 10: Pamela Anderson; Kate Gosselin ; Shannon Doherty; Nicole Scherzinger; Erin Andrews; Niecy Nash; Evan Lysacek; Aiden Turner; Jake Pavelka; Chad Ochocinco; and Buzz Aldrin.  This lineup makes me mad.  First of all, this show was originally supposed to be about putting has-beens or relatively unknowns back into the spotlight.  It is not supposed to be about putting people into an even greater spotlight than they are already in.  Evan Lysacek just won a gold medal for goodness sakes!  If you want a gold medalist, choose Greg Louganis, who is a diving legend and was vying for the spot.  Nicole Scherzinger!?  Where are the has-beens!?  Okay fine – Shannon Doherty and Pamela Anderson make me happy. 

Karina Smirnoff Cut from Dancing With the Stars

Looks like Karina Smirnoff is joining Lacey Schwimmer and Johnathan Roberts as a casualty of Dancing With the Stars.  She will not be returning for the upcoming season.  Does this have anything to do with her breakup with Maksim Chmerkovskiy?  Maybe the show felt that having both of them on would be too awkward.  Maybe she was the one that wanted off the show.  I just think they are cutting professional dancers this season that they felt didn’t carry a big enough personality.  Who knows.

Lacey Schwimmer and Jonathan Roberts Won’t be Returning to Dancing With the Stars

Lacey and Jonathan are out. Why? My guess is that the show cut them. How do I know this? All the dancers get word whether they are wanted for the next season around the same time, and Lacey and Jonathan’s departure was announced the same time that the other dancers announced their return. If they left on their own accord, I think it would have been announced much earlier. The good news is that my favorites, Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough, will be returning.

Real World Alum Sean Duffy is Running for Congress

About ten years ago, when The Real World was still watchable, The Real World Boston’s Sean Duffy met The Real World San Francisco’s Rachel Campos, and they went on to have lots and lots of babies together. Sean Duffy became a District Attorney, and Rachel Campos made some appearances on The View. Now, Sean Duffy is running for Congress. Do I want him to get elected? Um…of course…he was on The Real World!! See Rachel Campos on The View below.

Nancy O’Dell may be the new co-host of Dancing With the Stars

Nancy O’Dell is rumored to be replacing Samantha Harris as the next co-host of Dancing With the Stars. Other rumored new co-hosts include Vanessa Minnillo, Melissa Rycroft, and Brooke Burke, but I think O’Dell is the front-runner. I still cannot believe that Samantha Harris would leave Dancing With the Stars to co-host The Insider. Aren’t you supposed to leave The Insider to co-host Dancing With the Stars? Interesting career move.