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Was Katherine Heigl Right to Slam Grey's in Pulling Out of Emmy Race?

Does Heigl Have a Point About the Grey's Writing?

This week, Katherine Heigl once again finds herself in the center of a bit of a controversy because of something she's said about one of her roles. Some folks over at the LA Times' awards blog noticed that Heigl (last year's Emmy champ) wasn't on the list of actresses being considered for this year's awards. In response, she said:

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

This has struck many as a major — and inappropriate — slam against the writers of Grey's Anatomy. But does Heigl have a point? In the past, she's had some of the juiciest material the show has ever offered up (hence winning an Emmy). But she spent the fourth season mostly in the background, doing silly things like performing CPR on a deer.

It's an ensemble show, and the writers have to consider the big picture rather than dealing out even storylines to each star all the time (also, the show's not called Izzie's Anatomy). But if Heigl really did get slighted with barely-there material that didn't allow her to do her best work, I guess it would feel strange to be nominated. Do agree with her about Izzie's diminished role?

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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
I agree that she had a good point but didn't word it right. She ASKED the writers to give her less plot, and I think should've made that known...
krystalmak krystalmak 8 years
Good actors and actresses can make any script work. (I'm definitely not saying she's bad.. If she's on the ballot, she's there for a reason) "She had a few big story arcs, but this is an ensemble and they can't all be in the forefront all the time... this season really pushed the show's focus and gave the characters dealing with trauma some time to try to cope and gave stable characters new issues - your fiance can't die every year." Totally. Sometimes it's about your character, sometimes it isn't.
sassym sassym 8 years
She should keep quiet because she sounds like she thinks she's all that. NOT! She is not the next Reese Witherspoon or the next Charlize Theron.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I agree with her and I think it was good of her to withdraw her nomination.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
I agree Francoisehardly. Arrested Development was overlooked. However, I think Heigl could have stated this in a manner that didn't make her sound self righteous or stuck up. Her statement just sounds so smug. Although I applaud her for removing herself from the category if she did not think the work was worthy, she seems to blame everything on the writers. Ugh...
katinka14 katinka14 9 years
While I like the fact that she shied away from the Emmy race, I hope she did not air her frustrations with the writers in public. She could've done her own spin, but I don't like that she went all oh-no-you-di-int on the writers. If she had issues with the writers, she could've just worked it out in the background. (But, I do agree with her. Izzie was so blah this last season.)
britnish britnish 9 years
i think she's being a jerk. she should be fired. according to An insider tells Entertainment Weekly, “The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material? It's an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place.” (
thetoneishopeful thetoneishopeful 9 years
I mean, I understand what she's saying....buuuutttt, this is story telling. The writer's of the show aren't thinking "oh, give this actor good material to do well to lead to this and that", they're just telling a story. The story of these people is always going to be different, to change, and move in ebbs and flows bcuz of who each character is. So I don't think the writer's are doing this to her deliberately. This is just Izzie's story and she's going through something different this season. As are the other characters. Think of them as real people and maybe it'll make more sense. *shrugs*
haydee haydee 9 years
they shouldn't have teamed her character up with George in the first place. it went downhill from there
juliegal juliegal 9 years
lol !!! i meant to write bit the hand that fed her! anyway she still sucks it
juliegal juliegal 9 years
katherine HAGl just needs to keep her mouth shut period. she's a nasty hag that bit the mouth that fed her w/ knocked up, and now grey's....seriously who really does she think she is?
em1282 em1282 9 years
It sounds kinda passive-aggressive to me. But eh...I'd just like to see John C. McGinley win an Emmy for "Scrubs". Is that too much to ask? ;)
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
She comes across as a whiny brat. It's clear that she wants off this show, but I think the writers/Shonda are going to give her even worse storylines/less airtime next season, just to piss her off
Advah Advah 9 years
Her character annoys the hell out of me, and the writing isn't helping. Her statement is a bit catty but she has a point.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i think she totally has a point!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I agree with her although I have to say I am not a fan of Grey's (in general.) If she had kept her name on the ballot and won an emmy, people would be slamming her by saying she won it because of celebrity hype. So she removes her name from the ballot and explains why (the truth) and people find fault with her. Now, I am not a huge fan of Heigl however no matter what she does, the public will always find faults with her.
patrice0x0x patrice0x0x 9 years
I'm undecided on this issue... I really hope she comes out and says more like in defense of her decision b/c i can't tell if she is trying to slam the writers or she is just slamming her own performance. I can't wait to see how this plays out...
graylen graylen 9 years
I just think it was presumptuous, as someone else said. I honestly don't think she would have been nominated anyways, whether it be her acting or the writing. Therefore, I think it's a little ridiculous to take your own name out of consideration. When asked why she took it out, all she had to say was, "No comment." I'm pretty sure the writers would have appreciated it!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
tip to writers: maybe if a helicopter land on her and, sad sad ending, wait a minute... never mind, scene already seen... I mean, she wants to me written off, doesn't she? and to believe that they say Isaiah Washington was a the controversial one
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I'm tired of Heigl and her opinions.
Bisque Bisque 9 years
Maybe they wrote her in the background because she was getting so annoying being so outspoken(at times tactlessly so) in real life?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Don't watch or don't care! i liked her in Knocked Up, didn't care for 27 dresses. She already got an ego!
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
I don't think she was talking abou the writers, just that this season se didn't or couldn't work as much 'cause of the movies she was making and therefore she didn't think it was right to be nominated ofr doing less than others, but I don't know, if she says things like that she should be careful.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
As if I need one more reason to not like her ... pfffft. whatever, Katherine.
dbanner dbanner 9 years
As someone once said "Big Mistake." "Huge."
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