4 Actors Who Left Grey's Anatomy Due To Backstage Feuds

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Anyone who watches Grey's Anatomy, solid as it seems for 12 years in the air, can't imagine the confusion that goes on behind the scenes between actors, producers, and screenwriters. Created by Shonda Rhimes, the medical drama has been the stage for some embarrassments and relationship problems behind the cameras, resulting in famous feuds and layoffs. Check out some of them.

Divergences behind the scenes of "Grey's Anatomy."

1. Katherine Heigl

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The actress who played Izzie Stevens, the young Katherine Heigl, after winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for the drama series in 2007, declined a possible nomination for the award the following year. She would have justified it by saying that she did not receive enough good material from screenwriters and Shonda Rhimes to get a nomination. For this reason, the actress had withdrawn her name from the nomination for the award in 2008. She remained in the series for a few more months but ended up not having her contract renewed.

2. T.R. Knight

The actor supposedly asked to be released from his contract because he was dissatisfied with his role. In the last season of the medical drama, Knight was surprised to realize that his character, George O'Malley, had simply disappeared from the episodes adding up to only a few hours onscreen. In 2007, T.R. Knight received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the series.

3. Isaiah Washington

The actor who played Dr. Burke "was invited to leave" the cast of Grey's Anatomy with the series at its peak at the end of the third season, after offending fellow cast member TR Knight (O'Malley) with homophobic terms. The scandal involving the two actors ended up on the front pages of newspapers and magazines in the United States after Washington referred to him as a "pet" during a discussion with Patrick Dempsey, Dr. Derek Shepherd. With the tabloids' speculations, Knight went public to reveal that he really is homosexual and Washington was fired from the series.

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4. Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey's character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, for 10 years was the romantic interest of the protagonist, Ellen Pompeo. His departure, in the eleventh season, was also the result of confusion in the set. The death of the character took everyone by surprise, but behind the cameras, they already knew it was going to happen. With a contract signed to stay until the end of the twelfth season, Patrick Dempsey was fired from the show for internal disagreements. Officially, Dempsey said he agreed with the end that his character had and found his exist coherent.

Translated article original published on VIX Brazil, by Jaqueline Rodrigues.