The “Grey’s Anatomy” cast shakeup rumors continued to swirl Thursday night at 40th NAACP Image Awards in LA, but series star James Pickens Jr. and creator Shonda Rhimes cleared up speculation about Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight leaving the ABC show.
Despite reports that Katherine and T.R. are leaving the medical drama, James and Shonda said not true — despite what James had said a few nights earlier, when he told reporters the two stars were set to exit Seattle Grace.
“We had been living with so [many] rumors, when the question was asked of me, I was pretty much just trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever their endeavors are going to be,” James told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson.
Shaun asked about the persistent rumors that continue to surround the cast’s future.
“And that’s exactly what they are, rumors!” James continued. “We don’t know any more. And until they get a new script, we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“So you’re no the official spokesperson?” Shaun asked.
“I’m flattered that they think I am,” James said with a laugh. “But, no I’m not.”
And does the constant speculation about the future of the “Grey’s” actors ever become too much? Not according to James.
“I guess it’s a testament to the show,” the actor continued. “Folks have invested so much into what we do.”
“Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes also squashed the Katherine and T.R. rumors Thursday night.
“That was a very interesting rumor,” Shonda told People. “And it’s not true.”