Grey's Anatomy Boss Shonda Rhimes Breaks Silence on Katherine Heigl Kerfuffle: 'It Stung'

image004Those rumors about Katherine Heigl possibly returning to Grey’s Anatomy for a brief arc? Don’t hold your breath.

In Sunday’s installment of Oprah’s Next Chapter (9/8c, OWN), Oprah Winfrey asks Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes about Heigl’s controversial decision in 2008 to remove her name from Emmy consideration because she did not feel she was “given the material to warrant a nomination.”

“On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised,” Rhimes tells the Big O, adding, “When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that [mantra] with me a lot. It has served me well.”

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For the record, Heigl apologized for the outburst in a 2010 Entertainment Weekly cover story (penned by yours truly). “At the time I thought I was doing the right thing,” she told me. “And I wanted to be clear that I wasn’t snubbing the Emmys. The night I won [in 2007] was the highlight of my career. I just was afraid that if I said, ‘No comment,’ it was going to come off like I couldn’t be bothered to [enter the race]. But really, I could have more gracefully said that without going into a private work matter. It was between me and the writers. I ambushed them, and it wasn’t very nice or fair.”

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Press PLAY below for a sneak peek at the chat, which mostly focuses on Rhimes’ sophomore hit Scandal (hence the presence of the show’s leading lady, Kerry Washington).

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