Katherine Heigl's 'Grey's Anatomy' Costar Makes Her Sound Even Worse Than We Thought She Was

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You know when you leave your job and someone asks about someone you used to work with and you're all, "Oh, she was intense ... you know ... but uhhhhhh ... she was ... so what are you ordering?" Yeah, right. You learn pretty early that if you don't want it coming back to haunt you (and it always does), you just keep your mouth shut about your former (or current) coworkers. So this very frank interview that Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo gave about former co-star Katherine Heigl is ... so what are you ordering? Yeah, it's that bad. Ellen criticizes Katherine for all that tumult that went on during the last season that Katherine was on the show. 

Pompeo told the New York Post:

Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks, started things spinning out of control ... You could understand why she wanted to go -- when you're offered $12 million a movie and you're only 26. But Katie's problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off.

Ouch! Movie career did not take off? Last I checked (which was literally two seconds ago), Knocked Up made over $200 million at the box office. How much did your movie make, Ellen? Did you have a movie?

Okay, so there were lots of duds after that. I actually had to look those up too, because who has ever heard of Life As We Know It? Or Killers?

But that wasn't the only slam Katherine got. A "source" (who is probably maybe definitely not Ellen) also told Hollywood Reporter about Katherine:

She can cost you time every day of shooting. Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day.

Ohhh, yiiiiiikes. It took me awhile to learn not to talk about people I've worked with -- inevitably I'd be standing there blabbing, "Oh, she/he is such a pain in the ass ... " and turn to see she/he standing there staring at me.

What's bizarre is that Ellen didn't even gossip in a hallway -- she said all of this to a national newspaper. I hope Katherine doesn't end up running a big studio someday or Ellen will have a hard time getting work. And stranger things have happened in Hollyweird.

Do you gossip about your coworkers?


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cassi... cassie_kellison

I really enjoyed Life as We know it and Killers. I like pretty much all the movies she is in, and liked her character on Grey's.

nonmember avatar Sarah

I think the author lacks reading comprehension. Ellen Pompeo is wildly successful. Everyone complains / hates Katherine Heigl.

Jaghd810 Jaghd810

One movie? I didn't know one movie made you a star. 

Marga23 Marga23

Technically she made knocked up while still working on grey's. She left, thinking she was a big movie star and then her career tanked, I'm sure she'll be fine but I bet age didn't think she'd be doing zzquil commercials

adamat34 adamat34

Hahah marga!!! I thought that was her!!

nonmember avatar beemooree

please stop dicc riding katherine. Ellen keeps it real

cleig... cleigh717

I love ellen and I love greys. But I am sure ellen had made more than katherine by picking one thing and ssticking with it.

A-non... A-nony-mous

I think Ellen's complaints are valid.

Being on set means you have to be a team-player. No one can film your parts for you or with you until you're there and ready and able to film them properly. Being a diva on set is and always has been a surefire way to make your coworkers annoyed and bring negative publicity onto yourself. Nothing new there.

TV shows have very strict turnover times. Episodes are often filmed in only a couple days and there is literally no time to rewrite and zero ability to recast, espcially main characters. If you sign a contract, you really have to show up and be focused because they've often already written most or all of a season before filming starts. It sounds like Katherine signed, agreed to show up and then started to dick around and be a diva on set and also take lots of time away to pursue her movie career which means filming slows down and lags. That means that EVERYONE cast in that episode has to hang around longer to finish filming. They have to stay until it's done, even if it takes 5, 6, 8 more hours than scheduled because she wants to be late or argue about her parts.

nonmember avatar Kiri Sucks

This was an awfully written and ridiculously flip-flopping article.

You clearly lack the actual talent of a writer. I'm guessing you got this job by showcasing your other "talents".

nonmember avatar CainCan

t surprised it finally got out. I once commented to a friend of mine in "the biz" that KH seemed like she'd be nice in person. He said, "Are you kidding? Even the seat fillers at awards shows won't sit by her. She's a viper."

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