Not for your Emmy consideration: Katherine Heigl

Izzy_lCurrently, there is an email chain clogging the inboxes of EW’s TV department, and it began with a link to Tom O’Neil’s Gold Derby awards blog and the question, "She’s trying to get out of the show, isn’t she?"

The she is Grey’s Anatomy Emmy winner Katherine Heigl, who was asked by Gold Derby to explain why her name wasn’t on the TV Academy’s list of Emmy contenders. Her response: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant anEmmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of theacademy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away anopportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

Was this selfless act noble, presumptuous, or a clear attempt to piss off the Grey‘s producers so they’ll send her far, far away (to a place where she can pursue that film career year round)?

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  • Ceballos

    That’s interesting, I never considered that she might be doing this to get off the show, though it makes perfect sense.
    I’m not a “Grey’s” fan, but, after a minor war between me and my girlfriend I watch it with her and am only allowed to complain and or roll my eyes up to five times per episode.
    That being said, I like Katherine Heigl, but I HATE her work on the show. I think she’s been wildly overacting for the past couple of years including this one and I can’t stand Izzie. It’s a joke that she won last year, since I’d barely even put her in the top 5 Best Supporting Actresses on her OWN SHOW (Oh, Wilson, Ramirez, Brooke Smith are better)
    So I don’t really care why she withdrew her name from Emmy consideration. I’m just glad to see she won’t be taking up a spot that could be occupied by a more deserving actress.

  • MarkAndres

    I think the press are being very two faced. They blast the Grey’s writing and Izzies storylines all season then when Heigl modestly withdraws her name for consideration (she probably had a good chance for shortlist or even another nom) they slate her for agreeing with them! She may well want out of the show, she may not. But if they are gonna feed her stories like bring a dead deer back to life – can you blame her? Especially when she has about 4 movie projects lined up each paying more than she makes on Grey’s in a year. I think she was just being honest and truthful – she didnt feel she had the material. Heigl tells it like it is. It is refreshing in Hollywood and people just can’t handle it.

  • QueenC

    Yeah, I don’t think it really matters why she did it. What she said is true – the material doesn’t deserve consideration.

  • GingerCat

    Well, she’s obviously trying to make it clear that she doesn’t like the way her character was written this year. I don’t know if that means she wants out, or just wants the show to give her better material. But apparently she had to fight to get a raise last year, so I wouldn’t blame her if she’d soured on the show altogether.
    I know some people don’t like how outspoken she is, but I do! She hasn’t said anything that bad, and if a male actor said the same things no one would hold it against him–in fact, they’d probably take his side. Good for her for rocking the boat a little.

  • jmiklane

    I have no issues with Katherine Heigl. She doesn’t bother me that’s she’s outspoken. I just think she’s an overrated actress.
    She should have done this last year, when she shouldn’t have been nominated… much less WON!
    If she wants off the show, no problem. If she did this as a publicity stunt, OK… other actors have done worse. The long and short of it is that she won’t be nominated, and somebody better (hopefully) will be!

  • kana

    Regardless of whether it’s a ploy to be written off, HER EGO IS OUT OF CONTROL. i can’t believe how presumptuous she is. If the material was so awful (umm, rude to writers much?) then she shouldn’t be concerned about getting a nomination. But she apparently feels like the academy would be blind to a poor performance and nominate her anyway because….she’s so pretty? she may be the next Meg Ryan? (nothing to hoot about in and of itself, Kath) So SHE needs to educate THEM on what’s good and bad tv and in so doing, pave the way for the poor gals who normally cower in her critical shadow. Give me a break! Everytime she opens her mouth something bratty comes out. i’m glad i don’t have to worry about her taking an Emmy someone else deserved. Hopefully Shonda kicks her out of Grey’s and everyone else is too annoyed by her (as Judd Apatow should be) to cast her.

  • majigail

    She’s right. Her material wasn’t very good this year, certainly not Emmy worthy. If anyone from that cast deserves a nod, it’s Sara Ramierez.

  • Rose Tyler

    She’s right. Her material was crap. If she took this up with the writers and they didn’t listen I say she has every right to do and say what she did. However, if this is her way of telling them it’s more than a little unprofessional. My guess is that she tried and they didn’t listen so this was her answer to that.

  • MsDaisy

    Well, it’s not like she called a big press conference to explain why she wasn’t putting her work into contention for an Emmy this year, she explained in response to a question. So I’ll give her some props there. I still not like her character and I don’t think she’s that great an actress either. She is pretty though.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know; if I was her, I’d be pretty annoyed with the crap they saddled her with (I shudder at Gizzie) and I don’t think GA was as good as it was in the first season and SO MANY people were saying about how the characters weren’t at all the way they were the first season. I mean, your public perception can often be based on the way your character is written and if I was KH I’d be like–umm, this is getting ridiculous. So yeah, she’s not out of line, and I think good for her for being outspoken. I like her and her big mouth and she’s not rude about it she’s more like–she’s just not pandering. I can get behind that.

  • Portia

    I’m pretty sure the actors who want to be considered for a nomination have to submit the footage they consider Emmy worthy themselves. If she doesn’t think any of her perfomances are worthy, she’s right to not submit any. I don’t think not submitting yourself for an award is in any way indicative of an ego problem. For her to do the opposite and say, “well, my character was awful this year but you should give me an Emmy anyway because I won last year”…well, THAT would be an ego problem. So lighten up Kana! (I always hated awards that you had to nominate yourself for. How icky.)

  • Patty

    Please don’t turn this non-story into a Katherine Heigl-athon. She just got off the radar, please, please don’t put her back on! Last summer she was everywhere, let’s not have a repeat of that. I get it, she’s pretty and an average actress, she is not the second coming of Jesus.

  • Snarf

    Survey says “C” – Although I have to give her credit for speaking her mind and not conforming to the usual politically expediant trite answers people in her position often give.

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  • Ceballos

    Also, is there any way she could convince the higher ups at “Grey’s” to remove the show from consideration for “Best Drama” and make way for “The Wire”, “FNL”, “Battlestar”, “Tell Me You Love Me” or anything else really.
    Oh, who am I kidding? I should already start picking out a spot on a wall for me to punch when the nominations are announced and “Grey’s” gets its token nom for “Best Drama Series”.

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