Katherine Heigl Controversy About Cruel And Mean Working Hours Of The Grey’s Anatomy

Katherine Heigl Controversy

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actress Ellen Pompeo backs Katherine Heigl’s ‘cruel and harsh’ claims about her working hours.

Ellen Pompeo has confirmed Katherine Heigl’s comments about the “cruel and harsh” working conditions of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

52-year-old veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl reminisced about her hard work days with co-star Kate Walsh, who just returned her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the series, in the newest episode of her “Tell Me” podcast.

On her first day back at the Late Show after a sabbatical, Heigl told Letterman, “It was—I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them—a 17-hour day, which I believe is harsh and horrible.”

Grey's Anatomy': Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl –Work Hours Complaint | TVLine

Heigl was “100 percent right” and “brave” for speaking the truth, according to Pompeo on her podcast.

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After Pompeo’s remarks, she said, “And had she said it today, she’d be a complete hero. “In spite of this, she’s made a statement about our hectic work schedule and slammed an ungrateful woman. When it comes down to it, she was being very truthful, and her assessment is entirely correct”, she stated.

“They’re so happy to be there,” said Pompeo of young performers, making them more vulnerable to set abuse.

If they ask you to do something, you’re happy to do it because you’re happy to be invited, she explained.

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Her departure from the show has been widely publicized; however, the book “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy” by Lynette Rice, published in 2021, argues other circumstances were at play.

After winning an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series in 2007, Heigl publicly stated that she didn’t nominate herself for an Emmy less than a year later due to what she felt was a mediocre script.

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She admitted to Rice, “I could have more graciously phrased that without going into a confidential work topic. “It was just myself and the authors at the table. That wasn’t a nice or fair thing to do to them, so I ambushed them.”

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Finally, following the adoption of her first child with husband Josh Kelley, Heigl made the decision to part ways. After having a child, she said, “everything changed” for her, and she no longer desired a full-time job.

A former ABC Studios executive said they could have reached a compromise, but that Heigl was pursuing a career in the film industry. An unnamed “source acquainted with the matter” alleged that Shonda Rhimes and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes had a difficult time working together.

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