Los Angeles, March 30 (Calcutta Tube) Actress Katherine Heigl has quit the long running popular series ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ because she wants to spend time with her daughter. The 31-year-old says it was family issues, not her burgeoning film career, that prompted her to approach series creator Shonda Rhimes and ask to be let out of her contract 18 months early, reports entertainmentweekly.com.
‘I am done,’ Heigl told Entertainment Weekly. ‘We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on. It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.’
‘I started a family and it changed everything for me,’ says Heigl, who took a three-month family leave from Grey’s this season to bond with her newly-adopted daughter, Naleigh. ‘It changed my desire to work full-time.’
Although she was scheduled to appear in this season’s final five episodes, that is no longer happening. As a result, the Jan 21 episode was her last as Izzie. ‘I know I’m disappointing the fans. I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.’
ABC Studios confirmed it in a statement that states, ‘By mutual agreement, ABC Studios confirmed it in a statement that states, ‘By mutual agreement, Katherine Heigl has ended her successful run as Dr. Isobel Stevens. The studio wishes her well. Everyone at ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is now focused on delivering a shocking season finale and a great show for seasons to come.’