Excuse the immaturity; I was just trying to fit in with the cast of Grey’s Anatomy for a bit. Katie Heigl’s ContractNegotiationGate continues to spiral further and further away from the “we really are all like a family” party line everyone on that set is being forced to spout.
Just a quick refresher: early on Wednesday, the story broke that Heigl had dropped out of contract negotiations with the Grey’s producers, with a “source” stating that she was “disappointed and hurt that Touchstone doesnâ€™t value her as much as her other co-stars.” By later in the day, Touchstone had released a rebuttal of its own: “We have a long-term contract to ensure sheâ€™ll be with the show for several years to come … we recently approached Katherine with an offer to raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract. We were surprised to see this gesture reported negatively in the press.”
So can we be done with this now? No, no we cannot. Heigl struck back yesterday, releasing the following statement: “I am embarrassed that this has become a public matter and disappointed that Touchstone felt it necessary to divulge private employment information. I had hoped I would be able to deal with this issue confidentially with my bosses. I dropped out of the renegotiation simply because I wanted to treat myself with the respect I was not getting from them. No matter how unhappy I am about their decision to respond to this publicly, I continue to be passionate about and committed to this character.”
That’s nice. Stay tuned for next week, when Ellen Pompeo goes on strike because her new contract specifically stated that the vomit bags in her dressing room were to be emptied on the half hour and so can someone please explain to her how it is 12:45 and they’re still sitting there?