Shonda Rhimes was asked to address the Katherine Heigl situation during the ABC TCA session yesterday.

"When I was told about it, my reaction was surprised. I have a really wonderful working relationship with Katherine. Everybody knows Izzie is one off my favorite characters."

But journalists and critics did not let up. After more pressing, Shonda offered the following amazing piece of information:

“It’s not insulting the writers per se. The first half of the season she had a very strong storyline with George that played out a lot more comedic than a lot of her storylines … The back half of the season, Katherine asked me to write her light so that she could do her movie. I don’t feel insulted.”’


“Katherine asked me to write her light so that she could do her movie”????

Well that wasn’t how Katherine sold it, was it? Her words exactly:

"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. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.

“I was given” is a passive statement. It is not a statement that implies ownership or accountability. Rather, it is a subtle suggestion that the “material” was presented to her in its inferior iteration without her actually REQUESTING that it arrive that way.

In other words, she publicly trashed the Grey’s writing team for a weak storyline that she made clear she preferred so that she could focus on film rather than television.

An ingrate AND a liar.

But now the truth comes out.

Or...does it?

Both and have curiously OMMITTED that part of Shonda’s quote from their articles related to Shonda’s comments from the event yesterday.

Instead, both publications focused on Shonda saying that she “didn’t feel insulted”. Period. Only The Hollywood Reporter printed the full quote.

What’s the difference?

The Hollywood Reporter answers to the industry.

People and Us... well they need to play nice with the publicists. Everyone’s angling for an eventual exclusive, right? They also need to fellate the MiniVan Majority. And the MiniVan only wants to hear the best, best, best about their blonde golden girl.

Unfortunately their blonde golden girl is an ungrateful little bitch.