A couple of days after fans mourned (and celebrated) over the news that two of its original cast members are finally leaving Grey's Anatomy,
another show insider has decided to break her silence over the controversy. This time, it's series creator Shonda Rhimes and she's determined to set the record straight: T.R. Knight
and Katherine Heigl
are not leaving the show!
“That was a very interesting rumor,” Rhimes said Thursday night at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. “And it's not true.”
Of course Rhimes was referring to a recent comment made by Grey's Anatomy
cast member James Pickens Jr.
, who revealed to Us Weekly that both actors will soon be taking off their scrubs for good
. When asked if Heigl is leaving the ABC medical drama, Pickens confirmed that Heigl will be leaving, as well as Knight.
On the other hand, Rhimes clarified that Pickens' statement was just taken out of context.
“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,” she asserted.
As for Pickens, who plays Dr. Richard Webber on the series, he explained that he meant to wish both actors well in general.
“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 either way.”
This marks round - (I can't even remember) of the Grey's Anatomy
cast shakeup. Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens, has been trying to exit Grey's Anatomy
for the past two years, while Knight, who portrays George O'Malley, has publicly complained about his lack of screen time and has reportedly asked producers last fall about making an early exit.
Meanwhile, Chandra Wilson
, who plays Miranda Bailey and who won an award for outstanding actress in a drama series, insists that the atmosphere on the set is still good.
“We're laughing at the rumors, as we always do,” Wilson said before the ceremony. “Stories come out, and [there are] these big quotes, and we go, ‘But that's not exactly what I said.' So, we're busy doing our jobs, doing our work.”
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of ABC)