Welp, it looks like Grey’s Anatomy will be returning next season with one less doctor on call. Now, I don’t watch the show myself but I understand that the season finale that just aired left off with a bit of a cliffhanger … the lives of two main characters were left hanging in the balance without any pronouncement one way or the other if either of them will live. Dr. George O’Malley (played by T.R. Knight) was one of those characters … and according to Marc Malkin of E! News, Dr. O’Malley ain’t comin’ back. T.R. Knight on Grey’s is dunzo, y’all:
Dr. George O’Malley is dead. Multiple sources tell me that T.R. Knight will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy next season. Knight’s departure shouldn’t come as too much of a shock… Not only was George flatlining at the end of the season finale earlier this month, but the 36-year-old actor has reportedly wanted off the hit ABC series for quite some time. I’m told that tension between Knight and show creator Shonda Rhimes has become unbearable for both. Knight, an original member of the Grey’s cast, was said to have become increasingly frustrated by his character’s lack of storyline and camera face time. In December, he asked to be let out of his contract. Insiders tell me Knight has made no secret that he wants off the show. No word on any future projects for Knight, but at least now he’s free to pursue other things. Reps for Knight and ABC declined to comment. Knight’s best buddy Katherine Heigl is supposedly still waiting to learn her fate with Seattle Grace. As I was the first to report last July, Rhimes began contemplating an early death for Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens after Heigl took herself out of the running for last year’s Emmys because, she complained, the writers failed to give her good enough material to work with. Like George, Izzie was also flatlining at the end of the season finale.
As I said, I don’t watch the show and not even I was surprised to hear this news. When an actor very publicly tells his boss “let me out of my contract”, it’s clear that his heart ain’t in it anymore. Perhaps T.R. and his cute beau Mark Cornelsen were celebrating the news when the two of them stepped out for dinner earlier this week. While I wouldn’t normally advice anyone to go quittin’ their job in this economic environment, I think this is prolly a good move for T.R. He was clearly unhappy at Grey’s Anatomy and now he’s freed up to do something else. I just hope something comes along so he can strike while the iron is hot … er, lukewarm.