The Word: Ellen Pompeo slams Katherine Heigl’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ exit

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Actress Katherine Heigl  arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Katherine Heigl has had a lackluster run in movies, Ellen Pompeo is not afraid to say. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Can you believe “Grey’s Anatomy” is still on the air? Five or six iterations of the show have risen and fallen since it began back in the halcyon days of 2005. And yet, it keeps chugging on, sexing then killing doctors in improbable accidents.

It’s been on so long, in fact, that no one is bothering to be polite anymore about that time that Katherine Heigl bashed the show and then ditched it. Even Ellen Pompeo, who stars as the titular Meredith Grey and has always struck me as a very polite person.

“When Katie left, it was tough,” Pompeo told the New York Post. “You could understand why she wanted to go — when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26. But Katie’s problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off.”

And then her movie career did not take off. Ouch. I no longer watch “Grey’s Anatomy,” but I would watch a show about the drama behind the scenes of “Grey’s Anatomy.”



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