Katherine Heigl Talks 'Grey's Anatomy' Sans Patrick Dempsey's McDreamy, Might She Return to the Show?

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Katherine Heigl was as shocked by Patrick Dempsey's exit from Grey's Anatomy as the show's fans. During a recent interview--while promoting her new film, Jackie & Ryan, Heigl said she can't imagine Grey's Anatomy without McDreamy as one of the main characters.

"I just can't even imagine the show without McDreamy," she said. "I just can't! It's so hard to picture."

Patrick Dempsey's character Derek Shepherd made his exit in April when he was suddenly killed off. Katherine Heigl--who long played the role of Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy--was written off the show following some very high-profile complaints she made in the media about both the show and her role.

A rumor says Katherine Heigl could return to Seattle Grace in a season 12 episode. Might there be any truth to that? After all, her NBC show, State of Affairs, in which she played CIA analyst Charleston Tucker, was cancelled.

"There's not. I'm sorry," she said.

What about returning sometime later in the future?

"I think that's--I don't know how to answer that," Katherine Heigl said, laughing.

Does it seem like her attitude about the show and the material she was given for her character hasn't changed?

Even if that is the case, she had good things to say about Grey's Anatomy while promoting her new indie film.

"[It] was just an incredible experience for me. It changed the course of my life and career and I couldn't be more grateful," Katherine Heigl said of her six years on the show. "I just hope it goes for as long as they all want it to.

What's your take on Katherine Heigl making a one or two-episode return to Grey's Anatomy?

Fans can check out Katherine Heigl in Jackie & Ryan when her film hits both theaters and VOD on July 3rd.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.