Here we go again.
The ongoing soap opera concerning Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight’s uncertain Grey’s Anatomy futures took another crazy turn today when co-star James Pickens Jr. confirmed to US Weekly that both actors are indeed leaving the show.
“Yes, she is,” Pickens said when asked if Heigl was checking out of Seattle Grace. “Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her
nothing but the best.” And what about Knight? “He’s going too,” Pickens said. “He just wanted to pursue other career paths.”
ABC isn’t commenting, but here’s what sources close to the situation are telling me about Pickens’ comments: Dude jumped the gun.
While it’s hardly a secret that Heigl and Knight want off the show,
Alphabet execs have yet to officially issue the actors their Get Out of
Jail Free cards. Unofficially, however, all indications are that it
will happen. The only question now is when.
“Right now, the whole thing is in the hands of their agents and
ABC’s lawyers,” explains an insider. “Something will probably be worked
out soon, but it’s a safe bet that Katherine and T.R. won’t be
returning as series regulars next season.”
If you believe the rumors, Heigl has been trying to wiggle her way out of her Grey’s
contract for the better part of the past two years. (She’s a movie
star, people!) Knight, meanwhile, approached the show’s producers last fall about making an early exit. As I previously reported, the Isaiahgate survivor has been frustrated by his lack of air time. “He’s an actor. He wants to act,” a Grey’s insider told me at the time. “It’s that simple.”
One possible wrinkle that may be delaying an official announcement: Grey’s
boss Shonda Rhimes may want Heigl and Knight to briefly reprise their
roles next season. “There’s talk of one or both of them doing an arc in
the fall,” whispers a Grey’s snitch. “That’s one of several things being discussed.”
What do you think? Would Grey’s flatline without George and Izzie? Or has it gotten to the point where you’re so sick of hearing about them leaving that you just want them to leave, period? Sound off below!