Katherine Heigl Opens Up About ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Drama: ‘I Was Embarrassed’

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Katherine Heigl’s diva past is still haunting her.

The actress appeared on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday (Apr. 19, 2016) where she admitted that she regrets how she handled Grey’s Anatomy Emmy controversy that occurred back in 2008. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, Hiegl upset a lot of people after withdrawing her name from award consideration. However, she clarified to Howard Stern that she didn’t pull her name, she just never submitted it because she didn’t “feel good” about her performance.

“There was a part of me that thought, because I had won the year before, that I needed juicy, dramatic, emotional material,” the 37-year-old explained, revealing that it had nothing to with the show’s writers. “And I just didn’t have that that season.”

But her actions caused some bad blood with the Shonda Rhimes and her co-stars. As a result, she left Grey’s in 2010 amid reports that she was “difficult to work with.” She realizes now that she could have avoided a lot of drama had she kept her mouth shut.

I was really embarrassed. So, I went in to Shonda and said, ‘I’m so sorry. That was not cool. I should not have said that.’ And I shouldn’t have said anything publicly. But at the time, I didn’t think anybody would notice…I just quietly didn’t submit. Then it became a story, and then I felt obligated to make my statement. And…shut up, Katie. I should have been like, ‘It’s personal, whatever.’

Besides Grey’s, Heigl also opened up about drama surrounding the movie Knocked Up. After she criticized the comedy and called it “a little sexist,” she quickly grew a reputation for being difficult. “I was feeling completely like the biggest piece of s–t on the bottom of your shoe,” she revealed. “I was really struggling with it and how to not take it all really personally and not to feel like there’s something really deeply wrong with me.”

Listen to the rest of her interview on The Howard Stern Show below.