'Grey's Anatomy': Katherine Heigl wants back on the show - but does the show want her?

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greys-heigl-return.jpgTV fans are never happy when a beloved character makes an abrupt exit... especially if it's because the actor opted not to return. Christopher Meloni on "Law & Order: SVU"... Lisa Edelstein on "House"... Chad Michael Murray on "One Tree Hill."

But no one has caused a stir quite as much as Katherine Heigl did when she left "Grey's Anatomy" in 2009. Earlier in the year, she'd asked for her workload to be reduced to accommodate her new daughter and budding film career, but as her return to the show approached, she decided she didn't want to come back at all and requested a release from her contract.

Now that she's got a new movie coming out ("One For the Money," which opens on Jan. 27) she says she's hoping for a return to the show. "I've told them I want to," she tells E!. "Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated that, I mean, she's got how many characters on there now? There's a lot and so she's balancing about 40 different story lines, so I don't know if it fits into their sort of vision for this season or next or however many seasons it goes."

Hmmm. An attempt to appeal to "Grey's" fans while she's trying to promote a new film? Not fishy at all.

Her time on "Grey's" was controversial and contentious -- she spoke out against co-star Isaiah Washington when he used a homophobic slur against T.R. Knight, she publicly complained about the quality of the material written for her character, and she made a fuss about long hours during a "Letterman" appearance (it was later revealed the hours had been extended at her own request).

"I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is. I just want to know what happened to her and where she went and what she's doing now," Heigl says.

Frankly, we're not sure we're interested in seeing Izzie return to Seattle Grace -- especially if it means we'll have to hear about more tiresome behind-the-scenes drama-rama. Karev is finally over her -- let it stay that way!
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