GREY'S ANATOMY creator Shonda Rhimes has denied Katherine Heigl's character in the series is to be "killed off" following a row over this year's (08) Emmy Awards.
The actress, who plays Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens, sparked controversy last month (Jun08) when she refused to submit her name for the prize-giving.
She claimed writers on the hit show were not giving her enough good material.
And the ensuing row led to rumours she was to be axed - with bosses plotting a dramatic death scene for her character.
A source tells E Online, "It's not good there. Shonda is pissed. They're thinking of killing her off."
But the show's creator, Rhimes, has denied any knowledge of a possible exit for Heigl.
She tells E Online, "I haven't heard anything about that."