Report: Katherine Heigl To Depart 'Grey's' Anatomy'

Katherine Heigl, NYC, July 2009 Katherine Heigl, NYC, July 2009

Katherine Heigl will depart “Grey’s Anatomy” according to several new reports, and she will not be returning to film any new episodes of the hit series.

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello was first to report that “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release the actress from her contract. All that’s left before Katherine’s exit — according to the columnist — is for the actress’ people and ABC to work out an agreement, which will officially let her out of playing Dr. Izzie Stevens.

A rep for ABC had no comment when contacted by Access Hollywood. Katherine does not currently have a personal PR rep.

Katherine’s last episode for the series may have already happened, according to reports.

The last time Izzie was seen on screen, Alex Karev, played by her on-screen husband Justin Chambers, had decided he deserved more in a relationship than Izzie was giving him. Izzie had come back to Seattle Grace after months away hoping to repair her marriage with Dr. Karev.

Rumors had surfaced that Katherine wanted out of her contract around the same time as her best friend, T.R. Knight, was himself making a move out of the series.

Katherine had been off the series in recent months — despite a couple of small appearances in scenes with Karev and Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo) – first, on maternity leave and later shooting “Life As We Know It” in Atlanta with Josh Duhamel.

Katherine adopted daughter Naleigh, with husband Josh Kelley, last year.

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