And the reason is her screaming, pooping, spitting-up ball of joy:
"I am done. We just finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on. It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”Well good on her for not just having a nanny raise her baby while she's on the set. And just to remind readers, Katherine Heigl's child is an adoptee from South Korea (see here, here, and here), just like her sister.
Heigl, who has been on maternity leave, explained that adopting a daughter has changed her priorities and she no longer wants to work full time. She was scheduled to appear in the season's last five episodes. But ABC Studios allowed her to leave without fulfilling that part of her contract.
That means the Jan. 21 episode was Izzie Stevens' last hurrah.
“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she said to EW. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.”