Former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is opening up about her rumored feud with former TV boss Shonda Rhimes saying she is “sorry” the producer has a bad impression of her.
The actress abruptly left the medical drama in 2010 after five years in the hit series, and famously withdrew her name from the 2008 Emmy Awards consideration because she claimed the material she was given didn’t “warrant” a nomination.
She has since been plagued with speculation she is difficult to work with, including a profile in The Hollywood Reporter last year with industry sources claiming she was “not worth” the hassle.
Rhimes, who is also the creator and executive producer of hit political drama Scandal, recently told the same publication the atmosphere on the Kerry Washington-led show is much different, saying, “I have a no a-holes policy. There are no Heigls in this situation… I don’t put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”
Now Heigl has opened up about Rhimes’ accusation, telling news show Extra that, “The last one with Shonda… it sucks. I am sorry that she feels that way, and I wish her nothing but greatness, and I have nothing negative to say about Shonda.
“I’m a big fan of her work. I watch Scandal every week, and so I’m sorry she’s left with such a c**ppy impression of me. I wish I could do something to change that. Maybe I will be able to someday.”
As for the negative image some fans might have of her, Heigl adds, “Yeah, that took some stomaching and having to just go, okay there’s nothing I can do about this except to sort of prove it wrong you know. And the only way for me to prove it wrong is for people to have a work experience with me that doesn’t speak to that at all.”