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Katherine Heigl: 'Grey's Anatomy' Contract Dispute
The hit television show 'Grey's Anatomy' has been plagued by one problem after another. Now that the controversy surrounding Isaiah Washington's anti-gay remarks has subsided, People magazine reported recently that Katherine Heigl, who plays "Izzie" on the show, was "disappointed" and "hurt" that Touchstone didn't "value her as much as her co-stars, especially Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington."
Network giant ABC, however, has said that despite their long-term contract with the star, Heigl was recently offered a raise.
A beaten down Katherine Heigl is fighting back against ABC and Touchstone, producers of the show for making her look bad in public, reports TMZ.
Following this embarrassing incident, Heigl has just released the following statement:
"I am embarrassed that this has become a public matter and disappointed that Touchstone felt it necessary to divulge private employment information. I had hoped I would be able to deal with this issue confidentially with my bosses. I dropped out of the renegotiation simply because I wanted to treat myself with the respect I was not getting from them. No matter how unhappy I am about their decision to respond to this publicly, I continue to be passionate about and committed to this character."
That statement came just moments after an earlier statement released by ABC:
"Katherine is an integral part of ‘Grey's Anatomy' and its success," said the ABC statement. "Fortunately, we have a long term contract to ensure she'll be with the show for several years to come."
"In recognition of her tremendous talent and value to the show, we recently approached Katherine with an offer to raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract," ABC acknowledged. "We were surprised to see this gesture reported negatively in the press, and want to reassure fans that she will continue as Izzie Stevens."