Heigl won Best Supporting Actress last year.It seems like whenever I go out on a limb and call someone out for really reprehensible behavior, I end up getting bit in the ass and end up having to make apologies, hold somebodies hand, tell them it's really ok and that the world really does love them. In the spirit of incurring the wrath of somebody who is actually famous, I'm going to go ahead and call Katherine Heigl an egotistical, insufferable, juvenile little bitch.
I'm sorry, but there it is.
It's one thing to bow out of an event because you don't think you deserve to be there because of what you did, but to say that you don't deserve to be there because your writing staff gave you shit material to work with, that's just beyond the pale. I thought it was a joke at first, because it's pretty hard to believe that anyone would come out and say shit like this, and also because sites like this aren't exactly known for being solidly sourced or at all interested in reporting anything other than who has their breasts hanging out today.
Don't ask me how I know that.
It's not quite time for the Emmy Awards yet but the nominations game is in full gear and now is the time you'll see lots of people talking about who got the nod, who didn't and why they should have, who will win, what they'll wear, who they are screwing, what the person they are screwing is wearing but only when they aren't screwing.
Cue a story from Tom O'Neil in the LA Times noting how last years best supporting actress isn't even on the list this year -- Katherine Heigl. It took exactly one paragraph to get to the golden quote:
I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention..
I cut out the part where she says she'd rather not fill the field when there are more deserving actresses out there, for obvious reasons. She just said she pulled out not because her own acting wasn't worth a nod, much less an award, but because her highness was given shit scripts that she could do nothing with and basically doesn't want to be embarrassed by losing when it wasn't her fault to begin with.
Calling out random people you don't know -- like I do -- is one thing, and even calling out people you do know after you're done working with them is within reason so long as you're ready to deal with the consequences. But to say that your own crew who happen to be writing one of the top shows on television didn't do a good enough job for you this year that you're actually embarrassed by them, while you're still working with them, is literally and figuratively insane.
You've seen this happen before although certainly not this publicly, because what you've got is an actress who desperately wants out of television now that she's tasted the fruits of feature film delight, but doesn't have the maturity to just stick with it until her contract is up and then quit like an adult. A statement like this one means she's just begging to be fired so she can leave the TV landscape that made her a star behind forever.
The only problem is that the success ratio for jumpers is about as abysmal as the success ratio of feature films themselves. If you make ten, you'll get one that was profitable. If ten actors leave a show, one might make it. Don't believe it? Maybe I'm just ignorant, but who can you name that made the jump from TV star to film star -- and I'm not talking about TV star to film actor here, but star-to-star -- in the past 10+ years or so, other than George Clooney?
I think everyone from E.R. with the exception of Anthony Edwards who was already a star and made that show possible in the first place, jumped to the movies at some point. And many other actors from many other shows have tried and failed just as hard as all of those people did.
It's not automatic and like I said, stardom is not some merit badge that once you've earned it in one medium, it automatically applies everywhere else. Heigl may be at the top on TV -- last year -- and maybe she'll get there in films someday too, but she ain't there yet, and to throw your own people under the bus while you're still depending on them isn't just childish, it's career suicide.
Unless she does some major pleading and begging, Heigl's character on Grey's is going to be mopping floors and clearing up piss buckets for the rest of her contract, right where she belongs in real life.