A “Grey’s Anatomy” show insider has branded Katherine Heigl’s remarks over withdrawing from the Emmy race on Wednesday “an ungrateful slap in the face,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
The “Grey’s” star, who plays doctor Izzie Stevens on the ABC program, told the Los Angeles Times’ Gold Derby she was removing her name from Emmy contention over the show’s scripts.
“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 said. “In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
Now, an unnamed source from “Grey’s” has lashed out at the blonde star.
“The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material?” the source told EW. “It’s an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place.”
After supporting roles on shows like “Roswell,” Heigl rose to fame as one of the breakout stars of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which debuted in 2005.
She went on to major box office success with “Knocked Up” in 2007.
Last year, however, she called the stoner romantic comedy, also starring Seth Rogen, “a little sexist,” during an interview with Vanity Fair — a statement she later clarified.
“It’s important to me to take a minute and clarify the quote about ‘Knocked Up’ in Vanity Fair,” Heigl, said in a statement to the magazine.
Heigl said she was prompted into making a clarification statement about her comments so people understood where she was coming from.
“I was responding to previous reviews about the movie the interviewer brought to my attention,” Heigl said in the statement. “My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it’s a broad comedy.”