Was Grey's Anatomy the Reason Katherine Heigl's Career Flatlined?

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The former superstar actress has lost her popularity quite suddenly and fans are wondering who to blame.

Grey's Anatomy has always been an extremely popular series that has made many actors superstars, giving rise to such names as Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh. But arguably no one has achieved as much stardom as Katherine Heigl. The comedic actress earned millions for her roles in various projects after leaving the series, being equally beloved by fans and critics alike.

And then everything suddenly stopped: Heigl was practically erased from the whole bunch of major Hollywood projects – why did this happen?

The most common reason for Heigl's downfall is her notoriously difficult character, which has caused many people to refuse working with her. But fans seem to disagree, arguing that these reports have always been completely unfounded. On the contrary, James Marsden and Ellen Pompeo, who have worked with Heigl for quite some time, have publicly come out in her defense, debunking rumors that she is difficult to work with.

In fact, Heigl fought for actors' rights by refusing to work overtime, which was considered a bad character trait, but became generally accepted these days.

Many fans also believe that the Grey's Academy writers are to blame for Heigl being blacklisted.

After she won an Emmy for her performance in season three, she decided to withdraw her nomination for season four. She did so for several reasons: she decided to give more room for her colleagues to shine, as she had already won an Emmy the year before, and she was also quite disappointed with her character's story arc that season, deeming it unworthy of greater exposure. The writers were clearly offended by this assessment of their work, which may have influenced their attitude towards Heigl.

All in all, it seems that many factors have contributed to Heigl's fall from grace, but one thing is for sure – reports that the actress is difficult to work with should be taken with a grain of salt.