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Grey's Anatomy Boss Shonda Rhimes Crushes My Katherine Heigl Comeback Dream: 'I'm Done With That Story'

No one can say I didn’t try.

Despite my best efforts, Katherine Heigl will not be gracing Grey’s Anatomy with her presence this coming season.

Or any season, for that matter.

Nearly three months after I publicly called on Heigl and ex-boss Shonda Rhimes to bury the hatchet and give fans (read: me) closure to the Alex-Izzie love story, I decided to deliver my campaign message to Rhimes face-to-face Wednesday night at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour-themed bash at the Beverly Hilton.

But a mere three seconds into my pitch — for the record I was proposing a one- or two-episode comeback stint — Rhimes shut me down. Hard.

“No,” she interjected, shaking her head and leaving little room for me to wiggle. “I’m done with that story. I’ve turned that idea over in my mind a thousand times and thought about how it would go. And I don’t think so.”

I briefly considered pressing the issue. After all, she began with a firm “no” but ended with an decidedly more ambiguous “I don’t think so,” so one could argue that I was already making some headway. But Rhimes’ body language and tone were sending me a message that was loud, clear and concise, and it went something like this: Ausiello, it’s time to move on.

And move on I shall… until I dredge the whole thing up again a few weeks before the start of Season 13.