Gray’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff has spilled some particulars on Katherine Heigl’s sudden departure from the hit medical drama.
Heigl, who performed Dr. Izzie Stevens between 2005 and 2010, supposedly did not flip up for her farewell episode.
“We had deliberate to have her come again for an episode to essentially correctly tie up Izzie and Alex,” Vernoff instructed the Los Angeles Instances on November 13. “I wrote that episode, and it was lovely. The day earlier than it was supposed to begin prepping or taking pictures, I can not keep in mind, we bought a name that Katie wasn’t coming. Simply wasn’t coming. Wasn’t going to do it.”
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“I do not know what was taking place in her life,” Vernoff continued. “I do not know what led to that call. All I do know is that the night time earlier than a factor is meant to begin taking pictures that’s totally centred on one character and the completion of her story arc, I bought a telephone name that she wasn’t coming to do it.”
Heigl reportedly hit again on the claims, with sources near the actress telling Leisure Weekly, “Krista is mistaken. Katherine was again in LA after parental depart ready to be referred to as to set.”
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Izzie’s storyline lastly concluded in Season 16, when she reunited with Justin Chambers’ character Alex Karev. Whereas she did not bodily seem within the Season 16 episode, Alex chases after Izzie to rekindle their romance.
In the meantime, one other unique forged member, Patrick Dempsey, reprised his function as Derek “McDreamy” Shepard within the Season 17 premiere final week.
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