If you didn't find her 17-hour Grey's Anatomy workday comment on David Letterman not funny, then you're in good company. ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said it was "unfortunate" for Grey's star Katherine Heigl to think that she can joke about the hours she put in during her return to the ABC medical drama.
"People are going to behave in the way they choose to behave," McPherson told the Hollywood Reporter. "There are so many people who work so hard on Grey's, and all of our shows, without any notoriety and those are the ones I'd be concerned about, people who feel like they're being criticized or looked down upon."
The network bigwig implied that there are people who deserve more credit than what is given Heigl, who plays flat-lining Izzie on Grey's Anatomy who apparently lived. She told Letterman, "Our first day back was Wednesday and it was -- I'm going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them -- a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean."
The Heigl defenders, for their part, are more keen to believe that the remark was said in jest, so Grey's people should not take offense in it and instead not take it too seriously.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Heigl was embroiled in something thanks to her controversial comments, including calling Knocked Up - a movie she starred in and may have ushered her film craeer - a little sexist. More notably, she refused an Emmy nomination because she believed her Grey's material wasn't worthy, a virtual slap in the face of the show's writers, some say.
Heigl, 30, starred opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, which opened late July.