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Katherine Heigl and TR Knight Leaving Grey's Anatomy, Pickens Says

The Chief Says George and Izzie Are Leaving Grey's Anatomy

This crazy season of Grey's Anatomy just got a little weirder. James Pickens Jr. — Chief Richard Webber to you and me — has said that both Katherine Heigl and TR Knight are saying goodbye to the show.

According to the story, Us Weekly asked Pickens if Heigl was leaving, and he said, "Yes, she is" and added, "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best." Then, of Knight, he said, "He's going too. He just wanted to pursue other career paths."

ABC hasn't commented, and Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello says he's hearing that Pickens may have jumped the gun, but unofficially, "all indications are that it will happen" and both Heigl and Knight will be leaving at some point.

Knight's barely been on screen this season, while Heigl's been front-and-center in the much-maligned ghost sex plotline. George and Izzie were the two original Grey's characters you wanted to ditch, but how do you want them to say goodbye?

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thetoneishopeful thetoneishopeful 8 years
i'm actually pretty darned sad that they'll both be leaving the show...they are all a part of the bigger picture/the story at Seattle Grace and it's hard when anyone leaves, regardless if i like them or not...
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I am so glad Izzie will be gone, but poor George - the writers just killed his character.
Phil Phil 8 years
What's crap is that both TR Knight and Katherine Heigl are really talented actors, but Grey's writing staff made mistake after mistake with their characters. TR Knight was my favourite character when I watched this show. If I didn't think Knight and Heigl were better off with Grey's Anatomy behind them I'd be upset, but now they can move on to a project that can better utilize their talents. I also agree with Rossy. Private Practice is a much better show, though it's far from perfect and I think has degenerated this season. It was promising and I'm a big fan of Paul Adelstein, Amy Brennenman, Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, pretty much the whole cast, but I liked how the show was in season 1.
peachesncream peachesncream 8 years
It's about time. The denny ghost plot was really annoying. Izzie and george will not be missed!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Good for their career, bad for the show.
idawson idawson 8 years
as my niece says, "BYEEEEEEEE!"
daise daise 8 years
I was just beginning to warm to Izzie's character after 5 seasons :P But to be honest, they're both kinda replaceable, as long as Shonda and her people find suitable replacements and don't just get any old actors they think might be good (ahem, Melissa George)- or alternatively, they could focus on the characters that are left and focus more on the medical drama as someone else mentioned.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I like Izzy, I don't want her leaving but I don't mind about George at all, I even forgot that he was still there.
sweettea sweettea 8 years
i will say that it seems to me that Grey's jumped the shark right about the time that Meredith tried to kill herself. Seriously? Izzy was fine up to that point and then the whole George and Izzy, Izzy and Alex thing is just lame. I think they have gone too far into the characters lives and forgotten the medical part that was so much more riveting in the first and second season. Now I am just waiting for them to do something interesting that doesn't involve someone sleeping with someone else and someone being mad about it.
rossy rossy 8 years
THE SHOW'S FINISHED! - IF the rumors ARE true... Then Heigl & Knight are leaving BEFORE the show is canceled outright & can say, "we saw it coming & didn't want to drown with the rest of them." - I liked Grey's in the beginning but then it went somewhere I couldn't follow... Becoming pretentious, boring & pathetic; trying to be a mix of Scrubs & E.R. that doesn't work. I got so bored with it, I began watching Private Practice instead... Of course, that show has it's own problems, but in a more tolerable vain for me to keep watching. For now, anyway.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
They both bore me to no end so peace out!!!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
adios george and izzie!
agostopr agostopr 8 years
About time. :)
alesimas alesimas 8 years
Izzie and George were gone as soon as they drink that stupid tequila and had sex. Izzie became a stalker, George a cheater and like many things in Grey's lately... it came out of nowhere and had no explanation on why it started or ended. So yeah, I hope she dies from the brain tumor and that George suffers so much from it, that he'll just transfer to another hospital. After all, Lexie that was soooooo in love with him, is now with Sloan. Callie that was his wife, is now dating Arizona, Denver or whatever her name is. He has no friends, no plot... and now Izzie is dead. Time to go Georgie. You'll be missed.
emalove emalove 8 years
I personally love both of these characters...even Izzie. I've hardly watched Grey's this season, as I think it kind of sucks now, and I definitely will NOT watch it without these two.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I like the homicide/suicide idea. Izzie has a brain tumor and it makes her go nutso.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Great! They both are annoying and whining on the show and real life. So good riddance to them both!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Guess I'm not surprised. I will miss George, but it's clear T. R. Knight wants to go and that his talent is being wasted in this season's episodes, so guess it's time for him to move on. Honestly, I'm not sad to see Izzie go, especially after this season.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I'm not too broken up about either of them leaving... George I used to love, but he's just gotten annoying, plus he's barely ever there. Izzie I might be a teensy bit sad to see leave, but not too much. She probably has a brain tumor or something that caused the whole Denny ghost deal, and it's too late to fix it or something. We'll see!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I can't say I'm surprised that they are leaving, but I don't think I'm going to tune into Grey's Anatomy next season because I can't stand the rest of the characters on the show except for Miranda Bailey and McSteamy. Izzie used to be my favorite character but they killed off Denny WAY too soon, so they had to do this dumbass ghost-sex storyline. Since we know it's likely that she will leave the show by dying from her mysterious ailment, I hope Denny is the one to bring her to the afterline. As for George, he's been off my radar for awhile but I think they ruined his character by having him hook up with too many of his co-stars (that nurse in season 1 who gave him syphilis, his awkward one night stand with Meredith, his even more disgusting affair with Izzie, and of course his marriage to Callie). I guess his character went as far as it could go, but I can't see TR Knight having a big career outside Grey's. I wish him nothing but the best though, he seems like a good guy.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
Hm, I'm not going to believe anything until Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight (or their reps) say anything. Just because a cast mate says they're leaving doesn't mean they are. I think it's too early to say good-bye until they or the producer make the announcement, not a cast mate.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well hopefully there will be something dramatic with izzie's character since we know that she's supposed to be sick. As for George - i don't know if i care much about how he leaves.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think Izzy should go in the most undignified way ever. like falling down the stairs, or eating a bad chicken salad sandwich, or one of the trees in the front of the hospital falling on her, or maybe a zombie attack and they only kill her.
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