Katherine Heigl Won’t Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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If you were hoping to see Katherine Heigl back on Grey’s Anatomy, I’m sad to say that it’s never going to happen.

TVLine writer Michael Ausiello wrote an article about three months ago asking Shonda Rhimes and Katherine to make up and give fans “closure to the Alex-Izzie love story” and in particular, closure for him. He brought his plea to ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour.

He couldn’t even get through his pitch before she gave a solid, “No.”

She shook her head and said: “I’m done with that story. I’ve turned that idea over in my mind a thousand times and thought about how it would go. And I don’t think so.”

The reason I would love Katherine to come back to Grey’s Anatomy is very different than Michael’s. I believe the Izzie-Alex love story came to an end, but I love her character and I like the actress and would love to see her appear again before the series is over. We can’t have George come back, but Izzie could. I mean even Burke came back briefly. I would love Addison to come back too.

Putting my fan feelings aside, how could Shonda conceivable bring Izzie back? As she said, she’s thought about it, but it wouldn’t work. She may have a point. Unless she wants to upheave Jo and Alex’s relationship, what point would it be to bring her back even for a couple episodes? Izzie’s on the outs with everyone. I guess it would depend on the bigger picture and how Izzie factored into that. For now I can dream.

I hoped that despite Katherine and Shonda’s bad blood, the actress could guest star at some point, but that was a false hope. There’s a lot of characters I love on the show, so I can live with Shonda’s decision.

Michael isn’t giving up yet, he said he’ll bring up the matter again before season 13.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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