So, What Do ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Heigl Do Now?

HeiglNow that Katherine Heigl has scalpeled executive producer Shonda Rhimes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” will they mend fences or part ways?

Most of the initial reaction to Heigl’s comments Wednesday to Tom O’Neil of The Envelope (“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”) was amazement that an actress could be so publicly critical of her showrunner — in particular, a showrunner partly responsible for her winning a supporting actress Emmy nine months ago. While it’s possible that Heigl was truly disqualifying herself on grounds of insufficient screen time, that’s not the interpretation of most people.

As the story spread across the Internet, she drew some “You go, girl” support from those who agree that “Grey’s” used Heigl poorly last season, while others just shook their heads. Heigl has built a reputation for outspokenness in recent years, but for some Wednesday’s remarks seemed to cross the line.

In the end, bruised egos are a way of life in Hollywood. So while others are focusing on the propriety of what Heigl said, the bigger issue going forward is how this will affect the good doctor Isobel Stevens’ relationship with her medical team. After all, Heigl is still contracted to work with these people.

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  1. Rhoda says:

    ITA w/Kathy that the writers attempted to marginalize Heigle but at the end of the day; stars shine. She is definitly a diva and definitly watches out for herself; but she’s also supremely talented and can helm a film or show.
    She’s not going to lose out if she does end up leaving and frankly; given the poor reception Ellen Pompeo has gotten I think they’d be afraid to lose her after losing Washington.
    Heigle and Washington/Oh’s characters’ romances where the heart of the show’s success and in losing that they’ve lost a lot.
    Meredith Grey isn’t that great and her sister sucks even more.

  2. L says:

    This chick sucks. She should stay quiet and realize that any of a million nameless blondes could’ve played in 27 dresses or Knocked Up, and the movies would have been the same.
    She has no real talent, she is not a draw, and she should ask David Caruso about those ten, long, lean years between NYPD Blue and CSI Miami

  3. Kathy says:

    This really is stunning hubris from someone who was a virtual unknown three years ago.

  4. xgdfalcon says:

    I am one that feels that the writers gave her crap BECAUSE they wanted to marginalize her. Even though she had stupid story lines and crap dialog, she still shined.
    I’m not sure I agree with the public airing of her disappointment, but I can understand it. And it is refreshing to see blatant honesty in public, not matter how it makes her look.

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