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Katherine Heigl Explains Why She Quit ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

In the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, Katherine Heigl explained that she quit Grey’s Anatomy back in 2010 because she needed to keep her priorities in check. Having just adopted their daughter Naleigh, she became increasingly frustrated over missing out on her new kid’s life.

“I would come home angry and frustrated that I’d missed everything with my kid that day,” she says. “I didn’t get to wake her up from her nap, or do bath time or bedtime. I’d have to sneak into her room and kiss her when she was sleeping, hoping not to wake her up.

“I felt like my priorities were messed up,” she says of that period. “I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised [to believe] that family comes first.” That epiphany has factored into every decision she’s made since. Shortly after returning to Grey’s, she took a family leave and spent a couple of “glorious” months at home, caring for her daughter. It confirmed her growing sense that she’d have to cut ties with the show, and soon afterward, in 2010, she did.

In 2012, she adopted Adalaide. She had more time this go-around.

“Naleigh would go off to her ballet classes and other stuff, and I would sit with the baby at home. I would read, and she would lie on my chest, and we’d lie on the couch with, like, four dogs, and watch Friday Night Lights,” she says. “I found it so peaceful.”

None of this, however, changes the fact that Heigl is an ungrateful bitch who threw Grey’s Anatomy writers and Knocked Up under the bus. She’d probably knock a cupcake her kid made for her to the ground because “that icing looks like shit.”

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