Grey’s Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo dishes the dirt on Katherine Heigl’s exit: ‘She thought the grass was greener’

by Nick Barnes


Katherine Heigl may have left Grey’s Anatomy over three years ago now, but that hasn’t stopped Katherine’s former costar, Ellen Pompeo from getting very candid about her exit from the show.

Heigl’s final episode aired on January 21, 2010 but Pompeo has spilled the beans on Heigl’s exit from the show in a new interview with the New York Post. Long story short, Katherine thought the grass was greener…

Things began spiraling out of control for Katherine when she had instant success on the show and she was beginning to be offered huge paychecks for movies, but it didn’t work out well for her.

“Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks started things spinning out of control” Pompeo explained.


She added: “When Katie left, it was though. 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 didn’t take off”.

Pompeo also touched on the time when Isaiah Washington was fired for reportedly aiming a homophobic slur at co-star T.R. Knight.

“The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work.

“Maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me”.

However, fans of the show need not worry about Ellen Pompeo leaving the show as she says she has “an amazing life: at the moment.

“Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else; I don’t want to do that,” she explained “I have an amazing life. I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night – and it’s all because I didn’t leave Grey’s Anatomy”.

Grey’s Anatomy continues on Thursday’s on ABC.

1 Comment

  1. Jeff on October 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    It sounds a lot like sour grapes coming from Ellen Pompeo
    Without Grey’s Pompeo would be nothing. Certainly no film career that’s for sure.

    Can a anyone name a film Ms Pompeo was in.

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