‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Will Katherine Heigl Ever Return as Izzie Stevens?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens on ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 noticed the return of Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) in probably the most unconventional approach. The character rekindled her flame with Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). But it was completed totally with out the unique actors.

Nevertheless, with Izzie now contemporary in everybody’s thoughts, many viewers are questioning whether or not Heigl would ever come again to reprise her breakout position on Grey’s Anatomy. Here’s what the actor and showrunner Krista Vernoff have mentioned. 

What occurred to Izzie Stevens on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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Heigl final appeared as Izzie in Grey’s Anatomy Season 6. The surgeon made a mistake whereas Seattle Grace Hospital was making finances cuts. So she was fired. Izzie additionally blamed Alex on the time and ghosted him.

Later, Izzie returned and needed to get again along with Alex. However, he knew he deserved higher and turned her down. Izzie left Seattle to begin a brand new life and didn’t return.

Then in Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, Alex contacted Izzie when reaching out for Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) medical license listening to. He discovered Izzie was dwelling on a farm in Kansas and she or he turned a surgical oncologist. She additionally used the embryos they made when she had most cancers and gave start to twins. 

Then in a flip of occasions, Alex realized he was nonetheless in love together with his ex. So he left his spouse, Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), to lift his household with Izzie.

Katherine Heigl discusses coming again as Izzie Stevens on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Six
Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Michael Desmond/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

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When talking with Entertainment Tonight in July 2019, Heigl answered whether or not or not she would return to Grey’s Anatomy sooner or later. However, the actor acknowledged it might be a “tough” resolution to return again.

“I haven’t [thought about Izzie] in years,” Heigl mentioned on the time. “I don’t know if I would or if I wouldn’t.”

She continued, “I almost feel like that would almost be distracting again to, sort of, what they’ve done with that show in the seven years since I left… and what that’s become and what it is to the fans now. It must feel like it would just be kind of like, ‘Yeah, we already let that go… why are you here?’”

Krista Vernoff solutions whether or not Izzie Stevens and Alex Karev will return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Now, Heigl’s remarks could not come as a lot of a shock. Before the actor left Grey’s Anatomy in 2010, she spoke out in opposition to her Emmy nomination in 2008. 

“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination,” Heigl mentioned, per The New York Times. “And in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”

Then two years after Heigl left the ABC medical drama, she informed E! News she requested to return. Heigl additionally needed to determine what occurred to Izzie. But creator Shonda Rhimes famous Heigl’s return wasn’t within the playing cards.

Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev on GREY S ANATOMYKatherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev on GREY S ANATOMY
Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Scott Garfield/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

“It was really nice to hear her appreciating the show,” Rhimes informed TV Guide in 2012. “We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now.”

Of course, it’s been just a few years since Heigl left Grey’s Anatomy. So have issues modified? The 16th season just lately closed the chapter on Izzie and Alex’s storyline. However, we now have affirmation each characters are very a lot alive. Therefore, they might doubtlessly return earlier than the collection finish. 

Then when talking with Deadline after the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale, Vernoff answered whether or not Heigl and Chambers might return as Izzie and Alex sooner or later. And the present showrunner didn’t precisely say no.

“When I left the show in Season 7, people asked me if there was any chance of me ever coming back,” Vernoff mentioned in April 2020. “I was smart enough to say, ‘Never say never.’ Here I am, so who knows?”

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