June 20, 2009 02:22:44 GMT
Katherine Heigl's return is now confirmed by ABC, so is T.R. Knight's departure from the show to enroll in stage production.
Speculation surrounding George O'Malley's death on "Grey's Anatomy" was never this close to truth. ABC has come out with a statement that T.R. Knight who portrays the character will not be back for a sixth season. Creator Shonda Rhimes, on behalf of the network's 'family', wished him "the best in his future endeavors".
"He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us," Rhimes said. In his own statement, Knight wrote, "Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' was not an easy decision for me to make. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this character and will miss my fellow cast and crew very much."
Knight in fact is looking forward to jump into stage projects in Los Angeles. He will be playing the role of Leo Frank in 1998 musical "Parade". The Donmar Warehouse production will open at Mark Taper Forum on October 24. "I am very fortunate to return to the theater playing Leo Frank in this incredible, acclaimed production of 'Parade,' " Knight said. "After a five-year break, it feels great to be on stage again."
Just hours after the confirmation regarding Knight's exit, another confirmation came out from ABC that Katherine Heigl is officially back for another round. The Alphabet declined to release a statement regarding this but, it is believed that Heigl has signed a contract for the sixth season.