While most of our heads were turned toward Grey’s Anatomy’s lesbian Christmas Miracle, Katherine Heigl was conveniently, purposefully not submitting her name for Emmy consideration. After winning the Best Supporting Actress Emmy last year for her portrayal of Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl’s name was conspicuously absent when the list of Emmy contenders was revealed yesterday. Many thought it was just an oversight (Tim Allen forgot to submit his name in the ’90s) or an exercise in grace (Candice Bergen withdrew from the Emmys after repeated wins), but nope: yesterday, Heigl released the following statement:
“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. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”
I guess she didn’t like saving the lives of wildlife instead of humans? Or, like the rest of America, she hated the George/Izzie storyline? Either way, Heigl’s comments were an obvious swipe at the Grey’s writing team. And they may have even been a swipe at me, personally, since during her victory speech last year I shouted at the television: “No! No! That is Sandra Oh‘s Emmy! Give that back, you thief! Give it back!”
Heigl is no stranger to controversial statements. During an interview with Vanity Fair last year she said that while she really enjoyed filming the box office smash hit Knocked Up, she found the movie itself to be “a little sexist,” saying that it painted “women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.” (When I saw Knocked Up I didn’t use the word “sexist” so much as I used the word “un-frikkin-realistic.” Because in what world does a Katherine Heigl ever sleep with a Seth Rogen?)
Then at last year’s Golden Globes, Heigl slammed her then costar Isaiah Washington for his outburst about his reported slur of T.R. Knight. “I’m going to be really honest right now, [Washington] needs to just not speak in public. Period. I’m sorry, that did not need to be said, I’m not OK with it,” she said.
Some people argue that Heigl’s comments about Knocked Up caused just the right amount of controversy, propelling her to the status of Genuine Big Screen Movie Star. I guess time will how the Grey’s writing staff will react to yesterday’s statement. On Friends, when Joey spoke out against the writer’s of Days of Our Lives, his character, Dr. Ramoray, was dropped down an elevator shaft. I don’t think Dr. Stevens should be too worried about that: everyone knows the elevators on Grey’s Anatomy are only used for making out.