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Inspired by co-star Katherine Heigl's big-screen success, T.R. Knight (pictured) wants to follow in her footsteps and transition to feature films. Someone should tell him about David Caruso, and quick.
By The Scoop
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updated 12/9/2008 10:12:41 PM ET 2008-12-10T03:12:41

Maybe George should have never passed his intern test — that would have given writers for “Grey’s Anatomy” an easy out, now that T.R. Knight is looking to be released from his contract.

Several ABC sources confirm that the details of Knight’s exit are still being worked out, and that a departure from the show before the season ends this spring isn’t entirely out of the question. As to why Knight would want to leave the hit series, several sources say Knight wants to make the switch to film, and his inspiration, in part, is co-star Katherine Heigl.

“He’s seen what his friend (Heigl) has done with her career — lots of people in the industry said she wouldn’t translate to film and she has. He wants more than what he can get from ‘Grey’s,’” said one source.

There are also rumors that Knight has been dissatisfied with working on the show since Isaiah Washington’s infamous anti-gay slur , but another source says that isn’t the impetus for his departure.

“He’s not inspired by his story, by George," the source says. "He’s convinced he can do films. It’s as simple as that.”

“There are rumors every season about characters leaving our series,” said a rep for ABC. “As with all these rumors, no comment.” Knight’s rep had no comment either.

Curtain call for Amy Poehler on ‘SNL’
If you’re among those who were glad to see Amy Poehler reprise her Hillary Clinton impersonation and take a seat at the Weekend Update desk alongside Seth Meyers, you’ve got one more chance to wade in her pool of “Saturday Night Live” goodness.

This week, Poehler will return to the NBC sketch comedy show, her rep confirmed, but that’s all you’re getting as Poehler needs to shift her focus to her new sitcom, which debuts this spring.

If you’re looking for some nugget of hope to cling to, a source inside the show hints that “former cast members certainly pop by from time to time,” which we know to be true as Maya Rudolph and Bill Murray were among the alumni to swing by this fall.

Drug test for Britney’s dancers
If Britney Spears is going to be led astray by bad influences, they won’t come from her backup dancers. That’s because her management is insisting the performers be given drug tests, reports Radar online.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “They all had to be drug-tested and, if they didn’t pass, they were fired,” an insider told Radar. “I think they only do it for (Britney) because she is under strict watch.”

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“I don’t think it’s a common practice, but each artist is different,” said Robert Baker, the studio director at Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood where the pop singer often practices. “Everyone is just trying to safeguard against any foreseeable problems.”

No engagement yet for Timberlake and Biel
Don’t go in search of a wedding registry yet — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel aren’t looking to tie the knot anytime soon.

The couple did spend Thanksgiving with Timberlake’s grandmother in Tennessee, and “were totally making out” days later in L.A. according to an Us Weekly report. But there’s no further commitment in store.

Us reports that while a pal of the actress says “her family has never seen her this happy … all that matters to her is that she’s with Justin, ceremony or not.”

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