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Katherine Heigl Pulls Name from Emmy Contenders List, Blames 'Grey's Anatomy' Writers

June 12, 2008 03:43:20 GMT

Considered "Grey's" writers have failed to deliver the goods for an award-worthy performance, she decided to quit the awards race, in a bid to maintain the integrity of the academy organization.


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Won Best Actress at last year Emmy Awards, Katherine Heigl quits Emmy race, much to everyone's shock. The TV and movie actress has publicly pulled out her name from the annual awards' contenders list, put the blame on the writers of her hit TV show "Grey's Anatomy" for her withdrawal.

Has stated that she didn't seek a nomination because "Grey's Anatomy" failed to deliver the goods for an award-worthy performance, Heigl explained to the Los Angeles Times' Tom O'Neil for his blog Gold Derby, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention." She furthermore added, "In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

ABC, which airs "Grey's Anatomy", had no comment on Heigl's decision.

Heigl, in fact, isn't the first "Grey's" star to pull their name from Emmy consideration. Last April, former cast mate Isaiah Washington also chose not to submit his name to the jury panel.

The nominations for the upcoming 60th annual Emmy Awards will be announced on July 17. The ceremony will be broadcast live September 21 from L.A.'s Staples Center.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by buttabean on Aug 25, 2008
I think what she did was justified. She asked the writers to give her a light script this season so she could do her films. So, she's doing the right thing by not sticking in the race. She knows she wasn't given the material to warrant an Emmy, so why should she willingly and potentially steal an Emmy from someone else?
posted by patience on Jun 14, 2008
I like honesty. But I also like respect. Ms. KH is being disrespectful. Her appearances on Grey's, where she was allowed to display her talent is largely responsible for her being offered her movie roles and largely the reason why she gained admiration for standing up for her T Knight. Doesn't mean she can't criticize those who have worked hard to make the show a success, but this reader feels a little humility goes a long way. She should be careful that she doesn't get the reputation of someone who looks a gift horse in the mouth! If I were a producer, I would have to seriously weigh her spunky honesty against the harm she could do with her willingness to critique the show and fellow actors.
posted by tilis on Jun 14, 2008
Katherine Heijl...er, I mean Heigle...ought to learn when to keep her mouth shut. She seems like a self-absorbed prima donna and a major pain in the a**.
posted by mommy1 on Jun 12, 2008
I THINK IT'S FUNNY HOW SHE FIRST CRITICIZED THE MOVIE SHE WAS IN, NOW IT'S THE WRITING FOR THE SHOW SHE'S ON. BUT I'M SURE SHE'S SKIPPING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. WHAT A WASTE.

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