Grey's creator: Heigl, Knight aren't leaving

Remember those reports that flooded the entertainment press regarding Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight leaving Grey's Anatomy? Well, they may have been a little… not so true. According to Shonda Rhimes, who should know what's going on with the show since she runs the darned thing, the rumors lack truthiness.

"That was a very interesting rumor," Rhimes said at the NAACP Awards when asked about the possibility of the two actors leaving, according to People. "And it's not true."

Said rumor began when Grey's Anatomy actor James Pickens Jr. was quoted as saying "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best." Of Knight, he said, "He's going too. He just wanted to pursue other career paths."

Now Pickens says his quotes were taken out of context and he's backtracking on what appeared he thought to be fact. "When the question was posed to me, I was more trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever they were going to do," Pickens said, according to People. "But yeah, I don't have any special info about it either way."

There's been no response yet from Heigl or Knight's people. This is either a quote gone awry, or some quick damage control done by Rhimes and company. I'm leaning towards the latter given the way she's done the same thing with the Heigl Emmy business and the Brooke Smith pink-slipping.

What's your take on the situation? And what's more entertaining--the on-screen drama at Seattle Grace or the off-screen drama in Hollywood?

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I think Rhimes is a genius for creating Grey's Anatomy. It is a very impressive production and judging by the popularity of the show amongst the many young adults who I live with (at University Halls of Residence), the show continues to be as popular coming up to its 6th season as it has ever been. I can see much of its success is accountable to excellent judgement in casting the original actors. Like the other originals, the qualities Heigl and T.R. Knight have crafted for Issy and George's characters are superb and pivotal to the shows success. They have had much of a role to play in launching the show to where it is today, and without them (and with such tragic deaths as an exit), would surely upset devoted fans and mess with the entire production. Losing them would be a big mistake of Rhimes’s.
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I hope they don't leave and they give them more particpation!!
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I hope they both leave. At first I love every character on the show but more and more that's not the case. Izzie's character seems to be going nowhere. First Denny dies then we deal with the aftermath for two season. Now she's with Alex (who deserves to be happy for once) and now she's got cancer. Concerning TR Knight......well after that whole Isiah Washington thing I really lost respect for TR. I mean yeah he's gay but who really cares? That doesn't have anything to do with his acting skills. I feel that TR tried to gain fame from the incident and for that I can not respect him as an individual let alone an actor. But at the end of the day I know that Shonda Rhimes knows exactly what she's doing and I can only comment from my point of view. I'm sure there are things I'm not aware of but from what I know is where I base my opinion.
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i hope they do not leave. though TR definitely needs more screentime, and some actual storylines would be greatly appreciated. he's one of my favourites and i wouldn't necessarily blame him for wanting to "pursue other career paths where he can find more airtime" but i'd rather he was just featured more in Grey's.

And Izzie can't leave either =( well, she has gotten less interesting this season (grazy ghost sex was just wierd) but if they get off that for the next season i'll be happy for her to stay.

if anyone was to leave, i'd rather it be Patrick Dempsey the (much less) mcdreamy character is getting a little bleh lately. Save TR!!!!
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god i cant stand heigl fire her from the show and make her suffer!
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ali- what are u talking about? who stopped watching grey's? speak for your own !
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Spin?
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The writers need to take a different direction with Izzy and George's character. This season I am bored with them.
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I hope it's not true. They're the ones who make the show worth watching in the first place, God knows no one's watching it for the annoying Meredith Grey.
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Am I the only one that is sick of the off camera drama on this show? I mean it is better than the ON-camera drama, but still. These two should just go away and see if the grass really is greener.

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I am not sure some reports have them others say they are staying mmmmmmm
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Im hoping they arent leaving they make the show like the others i hate changed show is wonderful i love i havent missed a show yet,i even watch the reruns
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Good i love it good call



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Who knows what to believe any more! I hope they stay but I really don't know what's true and what isn't.
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I am glad to hear about that finally something going right on Grey's anatomy alot of actors changing on the show.. come on leave it for a while
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Like both of the characters but the show will go one with or without them.
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This show went down hill fast. Both the characters haven't had interesting stories in a while. As actors I'd think they'd want to leave just to invest their time in worthwhile productions.
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I wish they would leave. Heigle's ego has gotten way too big. Knight hasn't had a storyline for ages (I'm not upset about that, I don't like George) so I can understand why he would want to leave. I just don't think it's a very good idea for his career, I don't see him getting a lot of work. but anyway, I won't miss them all that much.
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This show has been the talk of the tabloids for ages, and either the actors are fighting amongst themselves or with the producers/writers of the show. If these 2 fine actors leave the show, Grey's won't be the same, however there are way too many doctors on this show to begin with, and the storylines have failed to sway many a viewer to stay on the edge of their seats in a loooong time.
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I agree with Adelette.
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Ali, I doubt thats the issue since Greys Anatomy ratings are still quite high.
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Just trying to get people interested in a show that everyones stopped watching. Its become boring, predicatble and lost all its charm.
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wow im so glad they are staying.

if izzie was leaving, the show was so over. not my favorite character though.

she is to emotional and happy and possitive for my opinion.

meredith is certainly the BEST character there.
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hooray!!! I really hope they stay, I love Katherine her character reminds me of myself she has alot of heart and character... she is my favorite on the show... although I have not liked the recent story line, and I dont want her to die... she is the best actress on the show.. and I like T.R. but his story line has sucked latley also. I dont like Meridith, but the rest of the gang is excellent.... please dont let Izzie go...
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yay! I hope they stay!
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This is typical Hollywood. Actors talking about stuff they arent supposed to and producers freaking out. Pickens wasn't supposed to say anything. I know this for a fact, because I have an inside source who works on the show. Rimes is doing major damage control and my guess is someone IS going to be leaving. And I'm betting it's Knight since he hasn't had a love interest or storyline since the stone age.
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Love Izzy. Just couldn't take the Denny bit though, and I hope he is gone for good now. So relieved to read this, as I probably wouldn't have continued to watch the show with her gone. George is ok, but annoying sometimes. It's Meredith that grates on my every nerve, and I am just astounded that she is supposed to be "all that" on the show!!!!!!
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I'm sure fans of the show are quite happy these actors aren't leaving since it would most definitely throw the series downhill. It's also probably true that what Rhimes did was damage control... there should be a fascinating plot-twist soon in Heigl and Knight's characters so people gain interest in them again. As for me, I'll keep on watching the show hoping for better results since their characters gave a little sensitive emotion to the series.
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when Grey's first started Izzie was my favorite, but the last two season's including the present one the writers have DESTROYED HER character so with that said Izzie has to go, I'm not happy about it but that is truth!
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Dammit!! I was so exited they were leaving. Definitely my least favorite characters on the show.
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This makes me happy, I was quite devastated when I heard of Izzie's departure (not so much for George's though). Izzie is by far my favorite!
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This is like Lipstick Jungle. It's another story of Sunset Boulevard of William Holden's character saying news of his own death is premature -- at the same time as he's dying. I think both are gone -- it's only a decision when & how they are going to be written out of the show.
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I quit G's A, but still if Izzie were gone I'm sure the show would take annother hit, as for George, well he can go, wont be missing anyway
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Choosing one of the them, I prefer Heigl to stay.
But one thing it's true, this 5th season it's my least favorite so far!
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They should leave. That will be the best thing for them now.
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I want them both to stay!! They're my two favorites!!
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Haha, they're going nowhere! Exactly like their storylines
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they just want them to make an exit out of it
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Are they or arent they going?

Please make your mind Shonda..
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I think Rhimes is lying. They might want to leave and Shonda is trying to make them stay.
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that Rhimes woman couldn't tell the complete truth if her life depended on it
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I think they are both goners. Rhimes hasn't been very good in damage control, and this is yet another case. If they stay, that's great, but for now I'm holding on to every scene they have, because it's probably time to say goodbye.
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Like the others before me, I won't believe anything till its official
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I'll believe it when I see it!! Because both characters are not participating as much in the case of George and as Izzie I don't like her character development with Denny there and now I can't understand whats wrong with her health!
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guess you can't believe anything until it actually happens but i know im sick of hearing about them ugh
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Man this keeps flip flopping I'm not gonna believe anything till the season ends.
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phew!
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ow darn...
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