Katherine Heigl, TR Knight leaving Grey’s Anatomy

Katherine Heigl and TR Knight are both leaving Grey’s Anatomy, confirms a Grey’s costar.

The friends at a recent Hollywood fundraiserJames Pickens, Jr, who plays Dr Richard Webber, spills the beans. When asked if Heigl was leaving the vehicle that made her a star, his reply: “Yes, she is.””Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best,” he continues.The move comes as little surprise to fans. Last year, Heigl declined to be considered for an Emmy nomination for Grey’s Anatomy in what many considered to be a bratty slam to show writers. This season has seen Heigl’s character engage in a ridiculous otherworldly relationship with the ghost of her dead boyfriend.TR Knight will be following Heigl out the door. “He’s going too,” says Pickens at the NAACP Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills. “He just wanted to pursue other career paths.”Knight has been vocal to everyone around him about wanting out of his contract for quite some time, according to insiders.”He complains to Katherine all the time,” says an on-set source. “The energy on set will be much better when he’s gone.”Many say Knight was the real reason behind the firing of Isaiah Washington, not Washington’s homophobic remarks.”They fired the wrong guy,” Washington told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. “I feel all this was about (Knight) getting a raise and getting his character to stop being perceived as a dopey, kooky kind of character. He perceived himself as a leading man, and that’s why you can see the change this past season… I was used. I was exploited to raise TR’s profile. I really feel that.”Will there be a grand exit for Heigl and Knight, who are BFFs both on-screen and off? A source says that Heigl is in talks with executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and as for Knight, the “writers are scrambling to find a believable exit for George, one that would leave the door open for him to come back someday.”Is the end near for Grey’s?

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