Some Grey's contract issues...

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Some Grey's contract issues...
Sat, 03-03-2007 - 10:48am

Grey's star reportedly pulls out of contract talks
Following reports earlier today that Katherine Heigl has pulled out of contract talks with Grey's Anatomy over salary, ABC issued a release expressing surprise over the reports and ensuring that the actress is still under contract and will stay on the show for the foreseeable future. ''Katherine is an integral part of Grey's Anatomy and its success,'' the statement read. ''Fortunately, we have a long term contract to ensure she'll be with the show for several years to come. In recognition of her tremendous talent and value to the show, we recently approached Katherine with an offer to raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract. We were surprised to see this gesture reported negatively in the press, and want to reassure fans that she will continue as Izzie Stevens.''


Katherine Heigl released a statement Thursday evening criticizing ABC/Touchstone for going public with details about her contract with Grey's Anatomy. This is the latest development in what has become an ongoing dispute between Heigl and ABC, which started on Tuesday when People first reported that Heigl backed out of contract negotiations because she felt Grey's did not value her as much as her costars. ABC responded on Wednesday with a statement saying that the show offered Heigl a substantial pay increase and that she is contractually obliged to stay with the show ''for several years to come.''

Heigl plays Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy and also appears in the Judd Apatow comedy Knocked Up, which is scheduled for a June release.


''I am embarrassed that this has become a public matter and disappointed that Touchstone felt it necessary to divulge private employment information. I had hoped I would be able to deal with this issue confidentially with my bosses. I dropped out of the renegotiation simply because I wanted to treat myself with the respect I was not getting from them. No matter how unhappy I am about their decision to respond to this publicly, I continue to be passionate about and committed to this character.''

*** From what I heard, all the actors received a pay raise. Apparently, Katherine's (Izzie) was less than she felt she should have received and pulled herself out of the contract negotations.

Edited 3/3/2007 10:50 am ET by

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