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The Izzie rumours are back on. How could they not be after THAT finale of Grey’s Anatomy, in which Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) told Bailey (Chandra Wilson) he was putting her up for the Chief position, but there was an external applicant who was also up for the job?

It didn’t take long for longtime Grey’s Anatomy fans to suggest a Katherine Heigl return in the message boards and via social media following that little story twist. Especially since the actress has been open to returning to her former Seattle Grace (now Grey Sloan Memorial) stomping grounds.

Whether show creator Shonda Rhimes, who infamously dealt with Heigl’s backstage drama when she wanted off the series to pursue a movie career, is open to the idea, however, remains to be seen. (She recently told The Hollywood Reporter her Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder casts are great because “there are no Heigls in this situation.”)

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One person who seems to be open to the idea though is the former Chief himself, James Pickens Jr.

“Oh my gosh… that’s the first I’m hearing of it, but I love Katie,” Pickens told The Loop last Thursday during CTV’s upfront presentation, where the broadcaster announced the upcoming fall TV schedule. “She obviously was such an integral part of the early success of the show. A fine, fine actress. But that’s the first I’m hearing about it.”

Since production on the upcoming 12th season of Grey’s hasn’t yet begun, Pickens didn’t have a whole lot of intel about the upcoming story lines at all, but he did look back with fondness on one particular Season 11 plot twist that had most fans in tears: the death of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).

“Obviously Patrick was such a part of that circulatory system of — excuse the pun — this anatomy. His impact on the show, what he brought to it and just says the talent alone,” Pickens said. “We won’t be able to replace that obviously and we’re not trying to. And you can’t help but miss him and be affected by that. But it’s part of what makes Grey’s Anatomy such an iconic show: evolution. People come, people go. New cast members infuses a new energy and a new direction. I think this will do the same.”

 

Grey’s Anatomy returns this fall to CTV.