A report from E! Online has put a lid on the protracted will-she-won't-she hullabaloo
of Grey's Anatomy
star Katherine Heigl, citing sources who claim that Izzie Stevens is no longer on the ABC medical series, officially.Catch: 'Grey's Anatomy' Episode 6.18 "Suicide is Painless" Promo
"She's leaving the show," the ABC insider reportedly says.
Entertainment Weekly last week broke the story that Heigl, after appearing on less than half of the episodes on Grey's
this season, was "this close" to a discharge from her contract, after Grey's Anatomy
creator Shonda Rhimes agreed to let her go.
Speculations of more Heigl-less episodes erupted when she failed to show up on March 1, when she was supposed to begin filming on the five remaining episodes of the season. A source claims to E! Online, however, that Heigl was never given a call time to return to the Grey's
set and that her calls weren't returned.
Apparently, Heigl has been asking to be let go of her contract for close to three years now, and now that things were getting "pretty miserable" for the parties involved, the producers and the ABC execs have finally decided to heed her call.
As things stand, it is "very unlikely" for Heigl to return to Grey's Anatomy
this season. And while no confirmation has yet to be made by either Heigl or the alphabet network, this appears pretty legitimate.
It is another thing, though, how the writers will deal with Heigl's similarly marooned character Izzie, who had been darting in and out of Seattle Grace jobless, boyfriend-less and with no ongoing significant storyline whatsoever. In this respect, her sendoff can very well be uneventful, all things considered.
As for her post-Grey's
Anatomy plans, the same source adds that, "she wants to do movies."
Heigl has plenty to choose from. According to the Los Angeles Times, she's contemplating several projects, including a modern-day Brady Bunch retelling and an adaptation of the popular Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich.
Sources: E! Online
, Entertainment Weekly
, Los Angeles Times(Image courtesy of ABC)