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Oft-maligned malcontent Katherine Heigl just got her wish.

The 30-year-old actress will be leaving Grey's Anatomy this fall. At least temporarily. She will be filming the omantic comedy Life as We Know It, reports say.

Grey’s Anatomy has worked around Heigl’s schedule before, but giving her an extended leave is a puzzling move - especially considering her recent behavior.

Katherine Heigl is known as much for disparaging remarks about the show as for her work on it (she won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2007).

The temporary departure of her character, Izzie Stevens, "will be explained on screen," although it’s not yet clear how. Wonder if it ends up being permanent.

A Katherine Heigl Picture

Katherine Heigl: So beautiful. So talented. So obnoxious.

Heigl’s departure, which starts this month, will likely coincide with her co-star Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave, meaning that Grey’s Anatomy (which just bid farewell to George) will be without Izzie and Meredith at the same time.

Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Shonda Rhimes said that this will be a transitional season for the show, and "eventually, everybody is going to leave."

We just didn't think they'd be shedding cast members so fast.

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Grey's Anatomy fans were shocked when T.R. Knight made the decision to leave the cast of one of TV's biggest shows. They probably shouldn't be.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 34-year-old reveals what led him to leave Grey's Anatomy, and says it was a long time coming.

The show debuted in 2005, turning Knight into a breakout star who received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2007.

But it was an incident in late 2006 that changed everything.

Co-star Isaiah Washington referred to Knight as a "f----t" during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey, the media caught wind of it, Knight came out of the closet, and Washington was fired from the show the following summer.

That's the short version. T.R. reveals that he does not directly fault executive producer Shonda Rhimes for how she handled the situation, she discouraged him from coming out and a gradual communication breakdown ensued.

T.R. Knight EW Cover

Knight returned to work on Season 4, but struggled a story in which George cheated on wife Callie (Sara Ramirez) with Izzie (Katherine Heigl).

By this past season, the show's fifth, Knight's character George O’Malley all but vanished from the show. Feeling that the character had run its course, and that Rhimes would not give him straight answers, he asked to leave.

"My five-year experience proved I could not trust any answer that was given [about George]," he explains. "With respect, I'm going to leave it at that."

T.R. Knight knows he’s taking a risk walking away from a top 10 show and a $14 million contract: "From an outsider's perspective, I get the [impression that] 'Oh, he’s just a spoiled actor ... he doesn’t know how good he has it.'"

"There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work, and there comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision. I have no doubt this was right."

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Following the season finale of Grey's Anatomy, and the gossip that dominated the series all year long, the buzz was that either T.R. Knight or Katherine Heigl, or both, would be leaving the show at the conclusion of the drama's fifth year.

Well, it now appears that T.R.'s George O'Malley will move on into the light after his tragic bus accident, while Katherine's Izzie Stevens will beat brain cancer.

Katherine Heigl Bikini Photo

Knight is leaving the show for good, according to EW. Meanwhile, E! News reports that Heigl "will be back," though neither ABC or the star have commented.

BEST FRIENDS in real life and on TV, T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl have long been the center of Grey's Anatomy gossip. Looks like one's going and one's coming back.

Season Five's finale left Grey's Anatomy viewers wondering if Izzie, with cancer, would awake after flatlining, while George struggled to survive a bus crash.

The impression you got was that Izzie was ready to return to her life, while George was fine passing on. Looks like this turned out to be the correct conclusion.

Jessica Capshaw, who plays cute lesbian surgeon Arizona, has been signed as a full-time series regular for the upcoming sixth season, premiering in September.

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In a word ... seriously!?

As Grey's Anatomy faded to white, Izzie stood in the elevator in her prom dress from Season Two, with George in his new Army uniform staring back at her. The presumed afterlife encounter was the last we will see of either ... until September, anyway.

Katherine Heigl at New Year's Even Premiere

After almost an entire year of off-screen and on-screen drama regarding the future of Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) and T.R. Knight (George O'Malley), their status remains ambiguous after last night's heart-stopping Grey's Anatomy finale.

Izzie was getting better, and George finally had a purpose, enlisting as an Army doctor. But then she coded at the end, while it a bus crash patient whose facial injuries made him unrecognizable turned out to be George. He crashed, as well.

Creator Shonda Rhimes was still coy in an interview this morning on the fate of Heigl and Knight. Here are some questions about the two beloved, likely-dead characters, and those who we know will be back, that linger as we await Season Six ...

  • Where does Dr. Bailey go from here?
  • Will Lexie and Mark move in together?
  • Are Cristina and Owen like, a couple now?
  • Will Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) be around next season?
  • As the baby bump becomes more and more visible, is Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy going to be written in, or will she go on leave?
  • Was the Meredith-Derek wedding - officiated by themselves, and with hastily written vows recited via post-it note - the real deal?
  • Will this be the most talked-about episode since the second season finale (2006), in which Izzie wore said prom dress as Denny passed away?
  • Is this ending the result of the producers' own ambiguity over whether George and Izzie will die - and/or the actors' willingness to come back?

What do you think? Was it outrageously bad? Are you exhausted in every way? Did you find the Grey's Anatomy season finale exhilarating?

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Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy's creator and executive producer, wants to set the record straight: T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl are not leaving the show.

"That was a very interesting rumor," Rhimes said. "And it's not true."

Heigl and Baby

Speaking at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Rhimes was referring to the recent comments by Grey's Anatomy cast member James Pickens Jr., in which the actor seemed to confirm their impending departure.

Are best friends T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl leaving Grey's Anatomy this season or not? This question has persisted for months - and the answer is still unclear.

"That was absolutely taken out of context," said Rhimes. "Things happen, and ... I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don't like to tell you what's going to happen on the show – but that is a rumor."

Not sure how "Yes, she is" and "He's going too" could be taken out of context exactly, but James Pickens, Jr., is now spouting the company line as well.

"We've been living with these rumors for a long time," he said. "When the question was posed to me, I was more trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever they were going to do. But yeah, I don't have any special info about it."

Mmm hmm. It's hard to know what to even think anymore. But we can tell you this fact with absolute certainty: Katherine Heigl pictures are hot!

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Grey's Anatomy spoiler alert! After months of rumors that stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight may be leaving the show, their co-star James Pickens, Jr., a.k.a. The Chief, has added fuel to the fire by sort of confirming they are:

"Yes, she is," he said when asked by Us Weekly if Heigl will exit the show that made them famous. "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best."

Heigl on Today

As for Knight, Pickens said, "He's going too."

The network and studio say they cannot confirm anything, and Katherine Heigl's and T.R. Knight's personal reps have declined to comment on the subject.

However, an ABC source says, "There's no way [James Pickens] could know that, because nothing has been decided yet. Nothing has been written and [Heigl and Knight] are still working out what will happen next season with the network."

T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl want out of Grey's Anatomy.

According to inside sources who work closely with Grey's Anatomy, it is likely that Heigl and T.R. Knight will make an exit at the end of the current fifth season.

Both have asked to leave. However, ABC needs to sign off on letting them out of their contracts, which extend six years, and that hasn't been done.

So why did Pickens say they are leaving?

"I don't think James meant to say what he did," one insider said. "I think he was thrown by the line of questioning and didn't realize what he was saying."

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Grey's Anatomy star Chyler Leigh is going to be a mom again!

The 26-year-old actress and her actor/musician husband, Nathan West, are expecting their third child, her rep confirmed this afternoon.

Scott and Mason

"She is a little over four months pregnant," her rep said, adding that "Grey's Anatomy won't be writing her pregnancy into their storyline."

Chyler Leigh and Nathan West are parents to Noah Wilde, 5, and Taelyn, 2.

She just missed the cut for our tribute to the Celebrity Babies of 2008, but we expect Chyler and Nathan's little bundle of joy to lead the 2009 entrants!

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Besides the story lines progressively sucking harder each year, Grey's Anatomy seems to have a major problem on its hands: keeping its cast intact.

The newest rumor, which has pretty much been confirmed: T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) wants out of his contract and the show is poised to oblige.

In the past year and a half, we've now seen ...

  • Isaiah Washington refer to Knight by a gay slur twice, ultimately causing Knight to come out of the closet and Washington to be dismissed
  • Katherine Heigl, one season after winning an Emmy Award for her role on the show, publicly complain that her character's story lines suck
  • Kate Walsh bolt for a medicore spin-off, Private Practice
  • Brooke Smith get hired as a full-time cast member, then fired just 10 episodes later after ABC didn't like her character's girl-on-girl action 
  • T.R. Knight, having allegedly become a malcontent, ask to be released from the show, which he soured on ever since Washington-gate

This is too bad, as Knight was always a bright spot and fan favorite on the series. At least he and his boyfriend, Mark Cornelsen, are still going strong. Here they are out seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in L.A. last night ...

T.R. Knight with Mark Cornelsen

T.R. Knight may hate his job like you, reading this at work when you should be filing TPS reports, but he and Mark Cornelsen remain happy. [Photo Credit: Splash News]

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Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Katherine Heigl has taken herself out of the running for the upcoming 60th Annual Emmy Awards.

The reason? Last year's Best Supporting Actress said Grey's Anatomy, her hit show for four seasons, just didn't give her enough to work with.

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season that warrants an Emmy Award nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention," Katherine Heigl told the Los Angeles Times.

"In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from another actress who was given such materials."

Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl sure is full of hot air!

Heigl's latest controversial comments either reflect a gracious gesture to her fellow actresses, or a dubious and obnoxious indictment of the people who put her in those non-Emmy situations - the Grey's Anatomy writing staff.

Our guess is it's the latter. While we admit, the show took a swan dive off a cliff creatively in the past year, who does this girl think she is? Oooh, we're so sorry they didn't give you enough to work with, Katherine! Get over yourself.

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If Grey's Anatomy has any fans left, tonight's two-hour fourth season finale is supposedly the night you've been waiting for!

Just kidding. The show still draws millions of loyal viewers. Yet it's been a long time since something interesting happened on it.

Patrick Dempsey Style

Well, that supposedly changes tonight. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) are going to be getting together for good.

We know this because the show's own creator and producer, Shonda Rhimes, has already said so publicly. We don't get it either.

Anyway, here's a photo from tonight's show. Meredith is holding what looks like champagne, ready to celebrate ... something.

More than three years later, will a terrific episode finally bring Meredith and Derek together - or will the hit medical drama jump the shark for good?

Also, Alex and Izzie may or may not get together, and there's another love triangle involving possible girl-on-girl action. Gotta love Grey's Anatomy!

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