When Katherine Heigl was unceremoniously written off Grey’s Anatomy in 2010, there was a lot of bad blood between her and showrunner Shonda Rhimes. The show wanted to give her character Izzie Stevens a proper farewell, but couldn’t do so because Heigl didn’t show up to film her scenes (via Vanity Fair). Heigl’s behavior on set angered Rhimes, who later told Oprah in a 2012 interview that she was “not surprised” because “when people show you who they are, believe them.”
Heigl’s fall from Grey’s grace began in 2007 when she publicly called out Isaiah Washington, her co-star at the time, at the Golden Globes to apologize to T.R. Knight after he called him a homophobic slur, according to People. A year later, Heigl withdrew her name from contention for the 2008 Emmys, citing that the material she had been given that season did not “warrant a nomination,” Deadline reported. Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the show, implied that the drama associated with the show made for a “toxic environment,” during an interview with Variety in 2019.
Even though cast members on the show don’t have much goodwill towards Heigl, her character has remained a fan favorite with many hoping she’ll make an appearance on Grey’s like Patrick Dempsey and Knight have after being written off the show. Heigl, though, isn’t too sure about the prospects of it happening. Keep scrolling to see her response.