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Katherine Heigl Addresses 'Grey's Anatomy' Scandal 16 Years Later

Katherine Heigl Addresses ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Scandal 16 Years Later

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Katherine Heigl is reflecting on her days on Grey’s Anatomy and addressing a long-standing rumor that has persisted for over 15 years.

The 45-year-old actress, who portrayed Dr. Izzie Stevens during the first six seasons of the popular ABC medical drama, has recently spoken out about a particular controversy involving the 2008 Emmy Awards. This controversy erupted when she was accused of declining a nomination for the prestigious award.

In a recent appearance on Shannen Doherty‘s podcast, Let’s Be Clear, Heigl aimed to set the record straight. She emphasized that she never turned down any nomination but simply did not submit her work for consideration that year.

“I didn’t turn it down… I just didn’t submit my work that year,” Heigl clarified to Doherty, 53.

Just a year before, Heigl had won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007, which fueled curiosity and public questions when she was not listed among the nominees in 2008.

“I should’ve said nothing. I should’ve just said, ‘Oh, I forgot,'” she lamented about her initial response to the speculation. “Because it created such a maelstrom that was so unnecessary.”

At the time, Heigl had released a statement to Entertainment Weekly, explaining her decision. She stated, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”

Heigl further elaborated on her reasons, expressing that she wanted to “maintain the integrity of the academy organization.” Additionally, she did not want to take away an opportunity from another actress who might have been given more substantial material that year.

Speaking with Doherty, Heigl reiterated that she wasn’t trying to be “snarky” with her statement. She admitted, “I just wasn’t proud of the work I had done that year. I would never be so bold or so arrogant to turn down a nomination. I would take that nomination. If it came my way, I’d be down.”

Heigl insisted that her intentions were honorable. “I was trying to have some integrity. I wasn’t trying to be a d—k,” she added with a laugh.

In 2008, while Heigl did not submit her work for Emmy consideration, two of her Grey’s Anatomy co-stars did receive nominations in the Supporting Actress category. Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey, and Sandra Oh, who portrayed Dr. Cristina Yang, were among the nominees. However, the award for that category eventually went to Dianne Wiest for her role in In Treatment.

It’s clear that Heigl’s decision, made with the best intentions, was misunderstood at the time. Over a decade later, she hopes to clarify the situation and shed light on her true motivations.

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