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Katherine Heigl Explains Grey's Anatomy Exit

Katherine Heigl Explains Grey's Anatomy Exit

Katherine Heigl finally confirms that she is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

“I am done,” the 31-year-old actress tells EW. “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.”

Heigl added, “I started a family and it changed everything for me. It changed my desire to work full-time. I know I’m disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.” (She adopted daughter Naleigh late last year.)

FYI: Heigl‘s final episode already aired — January 21st!

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  • idani

    What a liar. She wanted out long before she started her family. She treated the cast, writers, and fans of the show with disrespect and a very unprofessional attitude. Now she is trying to spin it to make it look as though it is because she adopted a child. Shame on you.

  • Wishdone

    I use to admire Heigl for her passion and ability to stay down to earth. Lately… she has not proven herself as either of the two. Sad..

  • jd

    Please believe me when I say that you’re not disappointing the fans. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

  • me

    She thinks she’s a big movie star so she doesn’t need TV anymore. Burning bridges is never a good idea!

  • JO

    IMDB lists her as having five upcoming movies. That’s two to three months of shooting for each, possibly on location. And then, all of the traveling for premieres and promotion on each. There’s no way that that is less time consuming then living and working in one place on an ensemble cast television show (esp. one with a cast the size of GA). This whole doing it to spend time with her daughter excuse is just to make her not look so bad for not even being willing to come back for a few episodes to close out a character she’s played for six years. That’s such a slap in the face for fans. I’ve never liked Izzie, and so while I’m glad to have her off the show, I think this whole thing is terrible on Heigl’s part.

  • w

    Good Riddance! The only thing that changed was her desire to work on television, because she thinks she’s going to be some kind of movie star. Don’t see that happening.

  • who

    As if anybody even cares that she’s gone; nobody is going to miss her at all. And just like Idani said, she is a complete liar. She’s been wanting to leave the show ever since she became a “star”. What a loser she is, completely disrespecting everybody who gets in her way and I guarantee you in a few years time, when she needs the money and work, nobody will give it to her because of her bad attitude. Remember, what goes around comes around Katherine.

  • karen

    I don’t really like or dislike her.. she wants to be a MOVIE STAR.. and doesn’t want to be stuck in that show anymore.. nothing wrong. But I doubt the baby had anything to do with it. She want so star in films..

    I stopped watching that show over a year ago.. just not good to me anymore..

    but I don’t get how some of these new celebs get such a big head.. in order to be a success you need longevity. and that mean staying power. we have seen the IT people come and go year after year.. then are reduced to doing a reality show.. so she should be a bit more humble. but I think she just has a bad attitude and I really use to like her..

    OT: a bit.. I saw the trailer for Killers.. It reminded me a bit of the Tom/Cameron movie.. does anyone else feel like that.. Well if you have seen both. But the trailers had a lot of similar things in them to me.. I don’t know I could be off base..

  • Michelle

    Actually, Katie had been all ready to return to work back when she was scheduled to in March to film her last couple of episodes but the Grey’s folks told her not to bother coming. So now who’s the one with the poor attitude?

  • lu

    i love her! but yes I’m disappoint!

  • Liz

    Good riddance.
    But my Gosh, what a b*tch & a liar (since she does movies, meaning travelling on location, promo etc…).
    She really doesn’t care about her fans or the show who made her what she is… It’s a shame for the character of Alex.

  • Dawn9476


    Just because she has five movies on the table, doesn’t mean they will all be made. I think the only project that is confirmed out of those five is One For The Money which I believe is the Stephanie Plum movie.

  • Infamous

    THats not a good cover!

  • Ima Mom 2

    Aww, I liked her on Gray’s, but the show has hit the shark. I think her passion for Gray’s went down when TR left. I’ve seen most all her movies. She was very good and well cast in them and almost all of them were hits. I don’t blame her for wanting to be in movies. In spite of the time spent on movies there is a lot of free time between shot setups and between productions to spend more time with her marriage and a cute little daughter. Good luck Kate.

  • hiug

    it’s money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    shame they can’t kill her off.

  • mmm

    It doesn’t sound like she is sorry!?

  • Macchiato

    what fans ?

  • Dawn9476

    @Ima Mom 2:

    There is nothing wrong with a TV star wanting to be in movies but they usually wait to till their TV contract is up before they decide to jump into movies full time. Like George Clooney left when his ER contract was up to go into movies full time. That’s not what Katherine wanted. She didn’t want to honor her contract with Grey’s and started trying to get out of it at about the third season so she could do movies. That’s unprofessional. The professional thing to do would have been to do movies on her hiatuses from Grey’s till her contract was up and then devote her career to movies full time.

  • sillyme

    Oh, please she’s been trying to get out of this show for years. Why blame the baby? I doubt her movie career will last. She’s not a Sandra Bullock or even a Jennifer Aniston. She’ll be crawling back to Greys in a few years time.

  • effie

    so you guys are attacking her because she wasn’t happy at work anymore? she has the right to walk away if that’s best for her and her family.

  • andres

    i think is a good choice

  • cady

    what a stupid cover photo!! seriously? praying?

  • Catalina

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Katherine.

  • The truth

    Don’t know why she said that is the baby’s fault for her leaving. she should have left longtime ago. She knew what she wanted anyway. why do celebrities get off saying things like that. She didn’t like the story line at oneime she should hve left anyway.She should have said they didn’t want her anymore like they did not. All are them have the same excuses.Should have left before hand..Just a liar!

  • LeviKlein

    She’s acting like she’s the first actress to EVER start a family in Hollywood. Give me a f-cking break.

    And the part where she says “I know I’m disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice”, I mean, you’ve got to be kidding me, right? Making a choice doesn’t involve letting down the hand that fed you and made you someone. Was it so hard to stay for even ONE episode and give her character a proper exit?

    I guess not.

  • happy girl

    YEAH!!! Now I can watch the show again. Movie career? Nah, she’s going the Aniston way with her flicks. Bubye Heigl, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. Personal reasons for leaving? Yeah, personal like being mean to people on set.

  • Aishwarya

    people give her a break.
    You don’t like ,so don’t go to watch her movies
    she do what ever she want
    Her movies done very well at box office
    All comment are so childish

  • idani


    No most of us are “attacking” her because she has been trying to get out of the show since the second or third season. She has bad mouthed the show, writers etc. She has conducted herself unprofessionally. Most of the producers, staff and cast don’t care for her because of her antics. And now suddenly she is acting like she is a saint? Oh give us all a break. And blaming family? She plans to throw herself into movie making for the money and the glory, not because she wants time with that baby.
    You don’t see the ire from ER staff, producers, cast and fans towards Clooney do you? He left gracefully that is why. Aniston was one of the driving forces for the end of Friends. Again you don’t see the animosity towards her for shutting down a popular show–because she acted gracefully and professionally.
    KH is like David Carusso. Stardom has gone to her head and she no longer has time for the little people that supported her on her way to fame.

  • Jakie

    Eww! Good! go!! Just looking at her is annoying.

  • mickey

    This girl has got a LOT of nerve. If it weren’t for GREY’S ANATOMY she wouldn’t have a film career to leave the show for. I remember who she was before GREY’S and this heifer couldn’t get arrested, now she’s talking about the show like it was hard on her LIFE. She isn’t disappointing any fans because the show isn’t about her and most are glad to have her gone. Whiny ingrate. Forget biting the hand that feeds you–she devoured the hand whole.

  • lylee

    why everyone is against her? last two sessions of GA are terrible. she just didn’t want to work there anymore why should she stay and do a job which she doesn’t like? because of childish fans? accept it she had her reasons, maybe because of her daughter maybe because she wanted to do something different. yes she has few movies but movies usually takes less time than a TV show. you can shoot a movie in a week but you have to go to the sat every day when you are shooting a TV show. she has everything what she can only wish for. she has money for it, she doesn’t have to work full time and she can do whatever she can

  • Liz

    @lylee: Um, no, you can’t shoot a movie in a week. It takes months, you have to move to different locations, then you have the promotion…
    So much harder than going to a studio close to home where you can take your child to.

  • Megan

    Katherine Heigl is great, looking forward to her movies!

  • TheBitchlorette

    Ag. She looks like she’s pushing 50. Smoker’s lips don’t lie.
    At least her time is freed up so she can do a reality show now.

  • Ashley

    Mouth looks better closed. Seriously.

  • Roberta

    Please, do not compare her to Jennifer Aniston, because she’s not, not even close. I predict her career will go down in flames in a few years. GA isn’t about her, and she wasn’t my fav to begin with. I like her as an actress, but she doesn’t add nothing new, she’s an ordinary actress, doesn’t have star power to remain in hollywood and actually be called a star. She’s no Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and so on…

  • LoveLeeR


  • Don’t like Katie


    I am with Idani- Katie treated the Greys cast horrible, the writers everyone. I am not going to miss her and her little praying hands and I am sorry quote? Pathetic. She isn’t sorry. She is not a nice, quality person and she bit the hand that fed her. I am hoping the movie makers will see where she is a diva they just don’t want.

  • Lyd

    Why are you all so bothered what she does, if ye hate her so much ???
    I mean your acting like you know her personally or that ye all worked on set with her! Nobody knows but her and the other cast and crew what went on! Dont believe everything you read ……….
    I say best of luck to her

  • Michelle

    i hate when people use their children as an excuse to do bad things. she signed a contract, and by signing it she gave her word to the people who made her a star that she would honor the merits of that contract. being a mother also means setting a good example for your children. does backing out on your word really set a good example for your daughter??
    the least she could do is be honest. please don’t insult our intelligence.

  • didi

    Oh please. If you were given the opportunity to stop doing what you don’t like to do something you love and earn even more money, you would all go for it. And she now has the chance to do more movies, to do more promotions. Nothing wrong with that. And who knows maybe she would have come back to do a couple more episodes to give her character a proper closure, but they didn’t let her.
    I have never watched Grey’s Anatomy, but I have seen her movies, so I do wish her all the best and good luck!

  • Rina

    What a shame! I used to like her now I roll my eyes at the sight of her. I agree that she’s been attempting to get out of her contract the moment she stared in ‘Knocked Up’. No respect for her at all. I’m glad I stopped watching Gray’s a long time ago.

  • Felicia

    Big mistake on her part but I can’t stand her anymore so good riddens!

  • Laura

    The show has improved this year because her overacting annoying
    presence has been MIA. Her movies since KU have been critical disasters.
    and I think her movie star status will fizzle within a year or two. In any case it is good riddance.

  • longchamp

    heigl, two words: jen aniston

    …hubris much?

  • Babs

    I don’t think she is cut out for movies…She’s just a “C” or “B” movie actress plue she lied she has been wanting to leave Greys for awhile. I meant just be honest don’t be a liar. I am not seeing the Stephanie Plum movie what a horrible choice. She’s no George Clooney

  • dinah

    I used to hate her. But I got tired of it because my fellow haters like most of this posters are more vile and vindictive. And it got me thinking. Do I have to be like this or just MOVE ON. I choose the later part because, hating this actress is such a waste of energy. She’s just like anyone else working hard to have a good life. She deserve her success because she fought tooth and nails to have it. She’s the living proof of a person having
    her piece of the American dream. It’s not her fault that she has courage to follow her dreams. No matter how a lot of the people who don’t know her personally try to put her down. I think all of what she says is for publicity sake.


    1) They dumped her.

    2) What fans?

  • Gemmat

    GA is winding down. That show is soooo boring now and that’s not because of her but staying the show was better PR for her actually. I understand her desire but she made wrong choice. Face it. She can’t be a star. Never. She doesn’t have that kind of potential, no star power. She was just lucky to be on GA and got the great part. ByeBye.

  • sarah

    HORRID COVER! It’s an insult to any fan. It’s an insult to God. Give me a break! Heigl is an IDIOT!