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Katherine Heigl is still answering up to that Grey’s Anatomy drama. The 37-year-old actress, wh...

Katherine Heigl Looks Back on 'Grey's Anatomy' Emmys Scandal: 'I Shouldn't Have Said Anything'

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Katherine Heigl is still answering up to that Grey’s Anatomy drama.

The 37-year-old actress, who played Dr. Izzie Stevens on the medical drama before departing in 2010, ruffled feathers when she reportedly pulled her name from Emmy contention. She clarified during an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday that she didn’t pull her name – she just never submitted it in the first place.

“I didn’t feel good about my performance,” she explained, clarifying it wasn’t an issue with the writing. “There was a part of me that thought, because I had won the year before, that I needed juicy, dramatic, emotional material. And I just didn’t have that that season.”

As for why she feels she didn’t get that “juicy, dramatic, emotional” material – after winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 – Heigl says she hopes it wasn’t because anyone behind the scenes was against her.

“I was treating it a little black and white and taking it a little personally, but I think there were 12 series regulars on that show, and everybody deserved their juicy, dramatic, emotional season,” she reasoned. “I’m not a writer, but I imagine it must be difficult to do that for everybody.”

Looking back, Heigl admitted that she could have avoided the drama by not saying anything.

“I was really embarrassed. So, I went in to Shonda [Rhimes] and said, ‘I’m so sorry. That was not cool. I should not have said that.’ And I shouldn’t have said anything publicly,” she recalled. “But at the time, I didn’t think anybody would notice…I just quietly didn’t submit. Then it became a story, and then I felt obligated to make my statement. And…shut up, Katie. I should have been like, ‘It’s personal, whatever.’”

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