Grey’s Anatomy sources strike back at Katherine Heigl

Jun 13, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. ET

A source close to the production of "Grey's Anatomy" has branded Katherine Heigl's comments declining an Emmy nomination earlier this week, as a "slap in the face."

Katherine is feeling the heatHeigl, who plays Dr. Izzy Stevens on the series "Grey's Anatomy," told the Los Angeles Times she was removing her name from award consideration due to a lack of quality in material for her character."The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticizes the show for lack of material?" the source told Entertainment Weekly. "It's an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."Heigl had released a statement to the Times, saying "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."There has of yet been no official response from "Grey's" production team.