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Anatomy star pulls out of Emmys

Katherine Heigl
Heigl, 29, starred in last year's box office hit Knocked Up

Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl has pulled out of this year's Emmy race, claiming her diminished role on the show did not justify a nomination.

Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens in the hospital drama, chose not to submit her name for consideration despite winning best supporting actress last year.

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination," she told the LA Times.

Nominations for the annual television awards will be revealed on 17 July.

The 60th Primetime Emmy awards ceremony, hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, takes place on 21 September in Los Angeles.

"In an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organisation, I withdrew my name from contention," Heigl, 29, said in a statement.

"In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."

The actress beat co-stars Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson to win best supporting actress in a drama series at the awards in 2007, and has gone on to big screen success with comedy Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.


Heigl, who originally came to global attention in the sci-fi series Roswell, is being touted as an up-and-coming star in Hollywood, but has also won attention for her outspoken remarks.

She labelled Knocked Up "sexist", saying: "It paints the women as shrews, as humourless and uptight. Why is this how you're portraying women?"

She also spoke out after actor Isaiah Washington clashed with fellow Grey's Anatomy co-star TR Knight over Washington's alleged use of a homophobic slur.

Her decision to duck out of the Emmys appears to be another swipe at the industry.

A spokeswoman for ABC, which makes the show, said the network had no comment.

Grey's Anatomy, which follows the professional and personal lives of a group of doctors at a US hospital, made its debut in 2005 and remains one of the top 10 shows in the US.

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