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Thank Goodness 'Grey's Anatomy' Creator Shonda Rhimes Doesn't Want Katherine Heigl Back

Thu, March 8, 2012 5:34pm EDT by 60 Comments

Katherine expressed interest in returning to the series that made her a star, but creator Shonda isn’t having any of that nonsense — and I’m incredibly grateful.

Sorry Katherine Heigl — it doesn’t look like Izzy Stevens will be back on Grey’s Anatomy.

When TV Guide asked Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes what she thought of Katherine’s recent statement that she’d like to return to the hit medical show, Shonda gently, but firmly, explained that it wouldn’t happen.

“I think it was really nice to hear her appreciating the show. We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now,” she said.

And all I can say is, Hallelujah! Izzy, as I’ve said before, was the worst character. She became romantically involved with a patient, stole a heart for him and after he died, had ghost-sex with him. In between the disastrous Denny storylines, she ALSO broke up George’s marriage, got cancer, married Alex and then left him because he expressed concerned over her medical condition.

And Katherine herself is no saint. After she won an Emmy in 2007, the next year she refused to submit herself, publicly bashing the writers for not giving her good enough material. And if that weren’t enough, she fought with Shonda over her contract, and once she was let out of it — she failed to show up for her last day of work!

Combining the actress and her character just makes her re-emergence on the show exponentially less appealing, and I’m glad Izzy/Katherine is gone for good.

— Denise Warner

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