Heigl Leaves Grey's; Jen "Loves" Gerard

  • After six years on Grey's Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is jumping ship.

After taking time off to make a movie and bond with her daughter, Katherine was supposed to be on the set of Grey's on March 1st. But, this a source claims that Katherine and the network decided to go ahead and part ways, "which means her final episode as Izzie has already aired." [EW, People]

  • Lorne Michaels says that the only reason he hesitated having Betty White on SNL was her age: "The show's so grueling, just running from set to set and costume changes and all that. I had to find a way to make it fun for her." That's why Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were invited. But don't get it twisted; old people are welcome at the show: "[Don] Pardo's 92. A couple of people in wardrobe are older than him. So [Betty White] is a spring chicken in our world." Plus, Michaels is open to more Facebook-suggested hosts… "if it was somebody we wanted." [NY Mag]
  • Will Kristen Stewart host SNL? "They haven't asked me to do it," she says. "I would love to say yes for sure, but that is really really scary. I am so critical of myself and then also of people who are on the show. It's like, 'Nope, you're not funny-next!'" [E!]
  • Madonna offered up relationship advice on The Marriage Ref and when fellow judge Larry David called it "the most uncomfortable hour" he'd even had in his life, Madge quipped, "Why? Because you're sitting next to a woman who's standing up to you?" [AP]
  • By the way: "Madonna's Raising Malawi charity has a paper trail now that leads it right back to the Kabbalah Center cult in Los Angeles." [Showbiz 411]
  • If the 30 Rock scripts are going downhill, blame Tina Fey's 4-year-old daughter Alice, creator of the line "I want to go to there." Tina says: "She's said a lot of great things, like 'Touch my knee's butt.' But her speech is advancing too much to be useful anymore!" [Gatecrasher]
  • Jennifer Aniston "could not keep her hands off of " Gerard Butler at the London premiere of The Bounty Hunter. [Daily Express]
  • Gerard Butler says that he and Jennifer Aniston have the "perfect chemistry." Gerry says: "I literally became a member of her family while shooting this film. I even went to Mexico to see her on her birthday during a day off. It was not a chemistry we had to work at." Jen adds: "He's so funny and handsome. I've made a note to myself to have more of this." In a video at the link, Jen and Gerry joke about the size of his manhood. [The Sun]
  • Jennifer Aniston: "I love my Gerry. We just lucked out — director fantastic, Gerry fantastic, our crew, New York — you just can't go wrong." [Mirror]
  • Hugo Chavez hearts Sean Penn. [AP]
  • At the link, a photo: "Shirley MacLaine flashes filthy look at Victoria Beckham as she breezes past her outside party." [Daily Mail]
  • A Michael Lohan sex tape? Ew. [X17 Online]
  • On Lopez Tonight, Kendra said that she is considering having a breast reduction, and was booed. [TMZ]
  • Stacey Dash told Wendy Williams that she was getting her own show on VH1, but the network says "Stacy is talking to VH1 about a how, but a series has not been greenlit at this time." Emphasis ours. [The Wrap]
  • Lady Gaga flew three 747s of stuff to New Zealand so that her show there would be the same there as it is all over the world; often NZ gets an abridged stage show due to being so remote. [The Edge]
  • Enterprising teens let patrons in a café know that Jessica Biel was dining next to them by writing her name on notebooks and pressing them against the window. [Page Six]
  • Um. This video of Aiden Chase, the "intuitive healer" Heidi Montag has hired to manager her career, is mildly terrifying. He has what I like to call "crazy eye." [Perez]
  • Does Jessica Simpson's new show The Price Of Beauty have too much Ken Paves in it? [Page Six]
  • The "good samaritan" who put change in Renée Zellweger's meter — prompting her to buy him a $100 Starbucks gift card — was a paparazzo. [Page Six]
  • Charlie Sheen is ready to plea bargain. [TMZ]
  • Tom Cruise didn't want his movie to come out the same weekend as Twilight: Eclipse because "he did not want to look like the older alternative." Also, he wants Knight And Day to be number one at the box office. [The Daily Beast]
  • Tom Cruise wants tickets to UK talent show X Factor, can anyone help him out? [The Sun]
  • Liana Mendoza, who was working with Corey Haim on his last film, Decisions, says "I knew something was up. Other castmembers were talking about it… People would say, 'Whoa, he is cracked out right now.'" Mendoza does admit that she never saw Corey drink or do any drugs. [E!]
  • "Let Brittany rest in peace and let me live my life and stop these ridiculous claims that Brittany and Corey died in the same way," says Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy's husband. [Radar Online]
  • An autopsy has revealed that Corey Haim had an enlarged heart and his lungs were filled with water when he died. The LA County coroner considers this evidence that Corey did not die from an overdose, but is waiting for toxicology results. [CNN]
  • Glenn Close is having her genes mapped. "For me, anything that can move the science forward is worthwhile… It's pretty well publicized that I have mental health issues in my family." Close's husband, David Shaw, is the founder and former head of IDEXX Laboratories Inc. [MSNBC]
  • Jersey Shore's Ronnie and Sammi are broken up, but he has been trying to torture her with Tweets about how much he's been "GTS"-ing, aka gym/tan/smush. [Radar Online]
  • A club sent a car to pick up Jersey Shore's J-Woww from Long Island to Boston; she kept the driver waiting 45 minutes and then told him that she doesn't travel in Escalades. So the club sent a limo. [Gatecrasher]
  • American Idol got rid of Lilly Scott and not Paige Miles, making for the "biggest disappointment." [MSNBC]
  • Kara DioGuardi says wearing a bikini on American Idol last season "probably saved my job." She says: "It was a defining moment, like, 'She's as kooky as everyone else on this panel.'" [Gatcrasher]
  • Patti Stanger has nothing good to say about Bethenny Frankel. [Gatecrasher]
  • "Exclusive: Karina Smirnoff Hopes Mario Lopez's Baby Has His Dimples!"[Star]
  • "22 pieces of custom-made furniture Michael Jackson commissioned for his London home are going on the auction block." [AP]
  • Happy thought of the day: Jason Lewis sleeps naked, and likes his ladies to do so as well: "There really shouldn't be anything between the two of you," he says. "Otherwise, you might as well just get two twin beds!" [People]
  • Horrifying and morbid news of the day: "The body of legendary singer James Brown has gone missing from its crypt, one of his daughters claims." [Mirror]
  • Amanda Seyfried will be honored at ShoWest as "breakthrough female star a of the year." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Lil Wayne has been instructed not to sign autographs in jail. [TMZ]
  • The team from Celebrity Rehab want DMX on the show. [TMZ]
  • The next Real Housewives will take place in Beverly Hills. [ONTD via Sidereel]
  • The gay couple on One Life To Live is being written off of the show. [Telegraph]
  • "Lawyers for legendary music producer Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct." [AP]
  • "I'm a huge nerd, for sure… I don't go out to bars or clubs. I spend all of my free time doing one of three things: listening to music, watching movies or reading. I'm probably a bit cooler than I seem in the movies, or I'd like to think so. I bought my tickets for The Dark Knight in IMAX two weeks before it came out, so that's an indication." — Jay Baruchel, of She's Out Of My League, How To Train Your Dragon and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. [USA Today]
  • "I used to get beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. It was after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be. That apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me." — Robert Pattinson. [The Sun]
  • "I'm not bothered by the idea of getting old, or I guess you could say by having arrived at old. I was 10 when my mom turned 55. For 1955, she was a very old mom. I'm 55 and my daughter is 4 and my son is 3. My mom lived to be 90. I was alive for half her life. I need to live to be 100 years old for my daughter, Moxie, to have been alive half my life. Some people retire at 55. It's time to get an RV and go fishing. I'm doing 250 shows a year in Vegas and working on my cable show with Teller. I work all the time, but try telling that to AARP, which has been trying to sign me up for the last five years." — Penn Jillette of Pen & Teller. [LA Times]
  • "I had an ingrown hair in [whispers] my groin, so I couldn't walk! I don't like to talk about it because it got infected, there was pus and it was nasty. There was a 90% chance they would have had to medevac me out of there but thankfully my condition improved and I finished the climb." — Emile Hirsch almost didn't complete his Mount Kilimanjaro trip for the documentary Summit On The Summit. [JustJared]
  • "I never went to acting school, so I had nothing to draw on whatsoever. I'm a total charlatan. I shouldn't be standing here at all. I don't deserve to be working in this industry. I was never trained, and I never had an acting class in my whole life." — Emily Mortimer. [NY Mag]