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Katherine Heigl to Take a Maternity Leave From Grey's Anatomy

Katherine Heigl to Take Another Leave of Absence From Grey's

Stop me if you've heard this one before — Katherine Heigl is going to be leaving Grey's Anatomy for the second time this season. Though Izzie returns to Seattle Grace/Mercy West on tonight's episode (just in time for the arrival of Kim Raver), Heigl is set to take a belated maternity leave next year to spend time with her newly adopted daughter.

I'm all for spending quality time with family, but this seems a bit suspect — especially given how many times we've heard rumors of Heigl's desire to leave the show. At this point, I feel like Heigl should just call it quits and keep her focus on her movie career; it would also be a perfect time for Izzie to make an easy exit from Grey's now that she's been fired.

Do you still love Izzie or do you wish Heigl would just let her go already? Sound off in the comments and be sure to check out the Grey's Anatomy McAddicts Group in the Buzz Community!

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Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 7 years
I always liked Izzie but I haven't missed her once since she's been away. I just wish they would sort Alex out with someone who love him & not break his heart!
shoegal1001 shoegal1001 7 years
I don't like where the writers are going with the Izzie storyline. At this point, I think all the fans knows she's essentially no longer a part of the show and they're struggling to keep her in it.
hexentanz hexentanz 7 years
I am also liking the show a lot better without her!
annebreal annebreal 7 years
Agreed with Zivanod. I don't think it's suspicious at ALL that she would want to spend time with her newly adopted special needs little girl. Wasn't she filming on her original hiatus? She hasn't taken a real break yet, and an international special needs adoption...she needs to connect with her child now, not doing long TV shoots. Seriously, not suspect timing at all. If her and her daughter don't bond in the first few months, it's going to be rough going her whole childhood.
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 7 years
Peace Out Katherine Heigl. I love your movies but Izzie is annoying
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
If she left wouldn't miss her.
littlebmac littlebmac 7 years
I would like to see her stay on the show, but the writers need to come up with a better explanation for Izzy's absence. Missing her treatments and ignoring her husband's pleas are terrible storylines. Alex is suffering with no word from her and this is how their marriage is starting?? She could be away but treat everyone with respect while Katherine does her mommy and baby time!
jenwils jenwils 7 years
See ya
aglaea aglaea 7 years
Still really love Izzie! Alex needs Izzie - there is so much potential story to explore for both characters individually and together! Both actors are amazing, whether they are enacting a dramatic moment or portraying subtle nuances of character and relationship. The chemistry of Alex and Izzie together is electrifying! Still really love Izzie - her presence makes the show for me!
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 7 years
Just funny how people will make excuses for a woman that has gotten pregnant and is on mat leave as opposed to one who adopts. Would it be different if KH had gotten pregnant and was taking maternity leave? KH has said multiple times that she and her husband expected the adoption to take years, so it was just a coincidence that she got Nayleigh this year when she's already taken some time off.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
CaterpillarGirl - I like that idea. It's time for Izzie to go. Yeah KH should spend time with her daughter. But there, gone, there, gone, it's too much. They should get let her go, that way they could focus more on the show drama and storylines, rather than Izzie/KH drama queen stuff.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Lately, I've kind of missed seeing Izzie..but meh.. we'd survive if she left for good. Besides, I'm not the hugest fan of Katherine Heigl.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Of course she should be allowed to take a parental leave! Family bonding is more important than a storyline. Everyone here seems more concerned about the show than a mother's right to take care of her young child. No wonder Americans have such crappy parental leave. Yes I know I'll get nasty comments for that but that's OK. I'll read them on my one year mat leave that starts in a couple of weeks. :P
mannylove mannylove 7 years
At this point, she can they have enough other characters to concentrate and spread storylines on. More Christina! yay!
care0531 care0531 7 years
I think they have let other characters go and they wish they could come back at times (Burke, George,Denny etc.). I think they should get rid of Izzie and focus on other characters maybe bringing her back from time to time for soem episodes. I mean she isn't a doctor at the Seattle Grace anymore but she has close ties to those who are and just like we only see the Cheif's wife from time to time couldn't we just see that with Izzie?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Shonda, isnt it about time you did a "killer" patient on the loose storyline? cmon its a good one, Man gets brought in, injured from a car accident, there was a DOA on the scene "thought" to be his passenger but IT WASNT, she was IN THE TRUNK already dead and before everyone realized it he pushes Izzy down the stairs to her death.....its plausible.
mndmay mndmay 7 years
See ya later, Izzie. Personally, I don't think she's a fantastic actress (she plays the same character, basically, in every movie), so if KH disappeared herself I would not be too upset.
michlny michlny 7 years
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