Katherine Heigl graced the stage alongside Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., and Chandra Wilson for a highly anticipated Grey’s Anatomy reunion at the Emmys.
It’s noteworthy to mention that Katherine Heigl secured the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series back in 2007.
In doing so, Katherine, alongside Loretta Devine, stands as one of the exclusive few actors to have earned Emmys for their contributions to Grey’s Anatomy.
Katherine Heigl’s departure from Grey’s Anatomy was notably associated with the Emmys. Prior to her exit in the middle of Season 6, she made the decision to withdraw from the 2008 Emmys race. Her choice stemmed from a belief that the material provided to her on the show did not meet the high Standards she sought, contributing to her decision not to participate in the Emmy competition that year.
Commencing the celebration of the show’s remarkable status as the longest primetime medical drama, Ellen Pompeo began with reflection, stating, “When the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy aired in March of 2005, I’m not sure if Shonda Rhimes knew that she had created a show that would have a lasting imprint on television and create lifelong friendships.”
“And yes, there have been changes over the years,” Katherine added, her words punctuated by laughter from Chandra. “But the one constant is the amazing fanbase.”
Chandra went on to say, “You’ve remained loyal through plane crashes, superstorms, earthquakes, and a global pandemic.
As we embark on our 20th season, we proudly hold the title of being the longest-running primetime medical drama in the history of television.”
“And that would not be possible without all of you, so to all our fans,” James concluded. “To each and every one of you, thank you.”
Before the show, Katherine shared with People, “It’s really fun for us. It’s this odd, nostalgic walk down memory lane. I mean, I haven’t seen Chandra and Jim in 15 years.
I haven’t seen Justin in maybe 10. I did just see [Ellen] a year ago or so, but we don’t get to see each other much.
These are people that mean a lot to me, meant a lot to me. I had seven years, 24–31, those are pretty intense years of young womanhood — and those were with them.” Her voice seemed to waver as she added, “I missed them.”