'Grey's' insider calls Heigl's Emmy comments 'an ungrateful slap'

One day after Grey’s Anatomy‘s Katherine Heigl announced that she would drop out of this year’s Emmy race, because “I do not feel I was given the material this season to warrant a nomination,” a key show insider contacted EW.com to express regret that the actress publicly complained about the drama. “The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material?” the insider said. “It’s an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place.”

Heigl made the comments on June 12 after Gold Derby
discovered the star’s name was not on a list of Emmy contenders distributed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The omission was especially bizarre considering that Heigl won last year’s award for best supporting actress in a drama.

Critics jeered Heigl’s performance early in the season, complaining about the romance between her character, Izzie, and George (T.R. Knight). But the actress shined in Grey’s season finale when her character redeemed herself and her career at Seattle Grace.

This isn’t the first time Heigl has publicly criticized the show that helped to make her a household name. Last year, the actress dropped out of salary renegotiations, reportedly because she felt the studio doesn’t value her as much as it does her cohorts. ABC TV Studio fired back, insisting the Grey’s actress had been offered a substantial raise. Heigl has since received a salary bump.


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  • Mimi

    “The show bent over backyards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material?”
    Yeah I can see how that would be difficult!

  • Kelly

    Can this ungrateful actor go away, please??!! This clearly is a person who thinks they are simply more important than they really are. How arrogant to assume she would even be nominated in the first place. I can’t stand her!

  • Bren

    FIRE HER shes an ungrateful diva

  • ikon

    I read this yesterday and all I could think of was David Duchovny…enjoy that Oscar, Heigl

  • Marge

    She is a good actress and her character is a good one, better than Meredith and she don’t have a real good story for her in the show. I love her scenes with Chandra Wilson

  • Jenny

    When is ABC going to get rid of this b*tch? She thinks she’s suck the star, where would she be without the writers of Grey’s?

  • RxCam

    First she publicly criticizes “Knocked Up” for being sexist, now she is going after “Grey’s” Has she never heard you don’t bite the hand that feeds you?

  • Sam

    Well the show should stop bending over backwards for her. Any blonde blue eyed bimbo could play her role.
    Katherine Heigl isn’t as good as she thinks she is.

  • mary

    She really likes to bite that feeds her. Rude and vile human being she is.
    The writers should not write anything for her.

  • Anonymous

    Can the writers drop Izzy down an elevator shaft now?
    That is what the Days of Our Lives writers did to Joey Tribiani when he said he wrote all his own lines.

  • DJ

    She wants MORE material? That shrieking character of hers gets too much material. She makes the show unwatchable. Get rid of her and I may watch again.

  • Eddie

    This is all a ploy on her part to get out of her contract. She was very vocal last year about wanting to leave the show to do movies and the network would not let her. I have two words for her: Shelley Long

  • Stacey

    While I am not completely against her comments; they should have been worded differently but essentially true. She didn’t have the material. So it was good to pull her name but basically trashing the writing staff is not the way to go.
    But she has a history of complaining. On the television show (which is still my all time favorite next to MASH), Roswell, she was well known for complaining about story and demanding stuff at the expense of other characters and the story.
    She is very talented; but Grey’s Anatomy has allowed her to have a A List movie career. Before, she was getting minor movies. She should be more grateful.

  • Lyn

    The Izzy character didn’t have squat in comparison to the other fantastic television characters. There is a reason we all hate Izzy and it’s not the actress. Heigl’s right (and still very annoying) yet again.

  • Nicole

    I was offend by her statement because she made it seem that regardless of her material, she would have received a nod. How selfless of her to think of the academy by taking herself out of the race. If her material and performance was so poor, MAYBE they would not have given her a nod in the first place. How egotistical of her! Of coarse, she knows better than the nomination commitee. I am sure she was not on ANYONE’S short list.

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