Katherine Heigl Speaks About Leaving Grey's Anatomy

Over the past little while, everyone related to the show on Katherine Heigl and her departure from Grey’s Anatomy before this season even ends, and this week it was her turn to speak to Entertainment weekly.

Heigl claims that her decision to leave has nothing to do with her move to film, but her desire to stay home with her recently adopted daughter more often. This sounds like a reasonable explanation, though considering the history she’s had with the show and her obvious desire to become a much bigger star, it’s hard to say if it’s the truth or just what she thinks will go over better with the public.

“I am done,” the Emmy winner said. “We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on.”

“It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”

Well, the 31-year-old is nothing if not candid. She reveals that it was family issues, not her burgeoning film career, that prompted her to approach series creator Shonda Rhimes.

“I started a family and it changed everything,” says Heigl, who took a three-month leave from Grey’s this season to bond with her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh, and is now free of her contract 18 months early. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”

Although she was scheduled to appear in this season’s final five episodes, that is no longer happening. As a result, the January 21 episode was her final one as Dr. Izzie Stevens.

“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she says. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.” Was it? You tell us by leaving comments and voting in our poll below:

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