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Katherine Heigl reveals the real reason she left Grey’s Anatomy following rumours of on-set feuds

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Katherine Heigl shared what really prompted her exit from Grey’s Anatomy (Picture: Disney General Entertainment)

Katherine Heigl left Grey’s Anatomy in 2010 and has come clean about the real reason she said goodbye to the ABC series.

Katherine, 42, played Dr. Izzie Stephens in the hit medical drama for five years before her departure on March 11, 2010, when she reportedly did not show up for work.

Herself and series creator Shonda Rhimes later reached an agreement to immediately release the actor from her contract.

Rumours of on-set feuds and stories of Katherine being ‘difficult to work with’ were rife, however, the star has revealed her family is what pushed her away from the spotlight.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, she said: ‘It changed my desire to work full-time. I went on family leave and just got to be a [mother], and it changed my whole perspective. That was really the turning point.’

Setting the record straight, she added: ‘So before I was due back, I spoke again to Shonda about wanting to leave. Then I waited at home until I was given the formal okay that I was off the show. The rumours that I refused to return were totally untrue.’

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Katherine left her role of Izzie in 2010 (Picture: ABC)

Katherine clarified that there were attempts to help her balance motherhood with the show, saying she ‘kind of wanted to do both,’ however, ‘there wasn’t a great way to compromise the work schedule that didn’t negatively affect the crew or the cast.’

Katherine has two daughters, Adalaide, 14 and Nancy Leigh, 12, as well as son Joshua, 4, with her husband, Josh Kelley, whom she married in 2007.

Both Naleigh and Adalaide were adopted by the couple – Naleigh from South Korea at nine-months-old and Adalaide at birth in the US. Joshua is their biological son.

The family lives a relaxed and quiet life on a ranch in Utah.

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Grey’s Anatomy will return for an 18th season (Picture: ABC)

Katherine has had her fair share of controversy throughout her career, resulting in speculation on whether her behaviour was the reason for her Grey’s exit.

Rumours began following the 2008 season after Katherine refused to submit her name for Emmy consideration for the previous season, prompting outrage by claiming she was not ‘given the material to warrant a nomination’.

She had disagreements with her character’s direction in the fourth season, branding Izzie’s affair with George a ‘ratings ploy,’ however, Shonda, 51, said she was not insulted by the Emmy withdrawal.

Since leaving Grey’s Anatomy, which will return for an 18th season, Katherine has appeared in a number of films including Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.

She recently made a comeback after many of her on-screen projects underperformed, now appearing in the Netflix series Firefly Lane, which was renewed for a second season in May 2020.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC in the US and Sky Witness in the UK.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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