Katherine Heigl regrets leaving Grey’s Anatomy

Katherine Heigl caused a stir back in 2009 when she publicly condemned the alleged working conditions on the set Grey’s anatomy.

Sit up for a performance The late show with David Letterman, Katherine, the Dr. Izzie Stevens, who portrayed me in the medical drama, said: “Our first day back was Wednesday. It was – I’ll keep saying this because I hope they’re embarrassed – a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.”

In 2010, Katherine left Grays overall in the show’s sixth season — though her character is a fan favorite.

Katherine – who shares three children with husband Josh Kelley – revealed just last year that she made the decision to leave the series primarily to focus on her family life.

“I started a family and that changed everything. It changed my desire to work full time. I went on a family vacation and just had to [mom]and it changed my whole perspective…that was really the turning point,” she said.

And now Katherine continues to speak out about her decision to leave Graysand revealed that she was severely anxious due to the heavy workload.

“I think along with you GrayAt the time, I felt like I had no other choice [but to leave]she said during a chat with Sirius XM’s Bevy Smith. “I broke, it broke me, and I was young.”

Katherine admitted she “didn’t know” how to cope with the heavy workload and fell ill because of it. “I hadn’t gained enough experience and wisdom to go through it with less heightened anxiety,” she said.

“I mean, I vibrated at a level where I would get sick and, you know, I got mentally ill,” she revealed.

Interestingly, Katherine went on to admit that sometimes she wished she’d “calmed down” and “take a deep breath” before making the decision to leave Grays fully.

“I look back and sometimes I’m like, ‘God, I wish I’d just calmed down for a moment. Take a breath, think, have a few conversations about this possibility. What about this possibility? How about I just do that many episodes per season?” she said.

“For example, if I could have found a way to work in it, it could have worked for me too. But that’s just how I saw it: I was up here at an intensity that wasn’t healthy for me. And I just fled in a panic,” she added.

And Katherine revealed that she “stopped watching” Grays Around the time she left thanks to the big “FOMO,” she felt.

“I probably stopped watching around the time I left because it felt like I was trying to tune in and want to see my mates and see what happened next and felt like I had the Missed party,” she said.

“Like massive FOMO. So I went, OK, I have to stop now. I have to get on with my life. I made that choice. So be a big girl, let it go,” she added.

Just last year, Katherine was praised for how she recalled Grays alleged working conditions – and their past comments on them David Letterman — and endorsed the IATSE strike, in which several Hollywood actors fought for fair working conditions in television and film production.

“Some of you may remember that over a decade ago I was very vocal about the absurdity of the hours production forced crews and actors to work,” Katherine wrote on Instagram, adding that her “in got her ass kicked for speaking up.”

“We entertain,” she wrote. “We are not solving world hunger or curing cancer. We tell stories. When production gets into the 14th hour and beyond, they ask our crews to drive themselves home dead tired.”

Katherine continued: “The number of people who have fallen asleep at the wheel is overwhelming. The number of accidents that happen on set due to exhaustion is staggering. Both mental and physical illnesses are off the charts. It’s not glamorous or sexy to work past the point of exhaustion.”

In addition, Katherine was supported by her former Grays co-star Ellen Pompeo in April of this year.

“I remember Heigl saying something on a talk show about the crazy hours we worked,” Ellen recalled on the podcast. “And she was 100% right.”

“If she had said that today, she would have been an absolute hero,” she continued. “But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and of course we slam a woman and call her ungrateful.”

“She was damn cheeky to say that. And she was telling the truth. She wasn’t lying,” Ellen claimed.

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