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Shonda Rhimes on Katherine Heigl's Grey's Anatomy Exit: "I Was Not Surprised"
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Brenda Mobley has joined the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Development Authority as Program Manager after serving for many years with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), Charleston, WV. Brenda is a graduate of Ripley High School and a graduate of WVU-P with an AAS degree in Office Administration and an AAS degree in Business Administration. She also received the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville State College.

Brenda brings to us over 25 years of experience with state government in West Virginia and has worked in various areas including human resources, office management, promotions, homeland security, financial aid, and various loan programs just to name a few. Prior to her employment at the WVDA she was employed at WVU-Parkersburg Jackson County Center, Jackson County Board of Education, and the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair. She has been involved with wellness programs, youth activities, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Read Aloud Program, and has been a faithful supporter of the Jackson County Junior Fair.
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By TV Guide
Dec. 10, 2012 12:58 p.m.

Katherine Heigl, Shonda Rhimes | Photo Credits: Kevin Winter/Getty Images;  David Livingston/Getty Images
Shonda Rhimes finally spoke publicly about Katherine Heigl's tension-filled departure from Grey's Anatomy in 2010, and her comments were slightly barbed, to say the least.
Rhimes opened up to - who else? - Oprah Winfrey about Heigl's exit in an interview for Oprah's Next Chapter. Winfrey asked the Grey's creator about Heigl's behavior in 2008, when she withdrew her name from consideration for an Emmy award  because she didn't feel the writing was deserving of a nomination. (Heigl had won the prize for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama the year before.)
"On some level, it stung and on some level I was not surprised," Rhimes told Winfrey coolly before echoing a piece of Oprah advice that she said had served her well over the years. "When people show you who they are, believe them."
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At the time of her withdrawal, Heigl said in a statement: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials."
After taking subsequent leaves of absences from Grey's Anatomy on more than one occasion, Heigl officially left Seattle Grace in 2010, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family. Her character Izzie left Seattle to start a new life elsewhere.
"Everyone had been working really hard to find an amicable and gracious way of letting go and moving on," she said at the time. "It's sad but it's what I wanted."
In January of this year, Heigl said she'd like to return to the show and revisit Izzie's story line - but Rhimes doesn't appear to be on board with the idea.
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"It was really nice to hear her appreciating the show," Rhimes told TV Guide in March. "We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now."
Watch part of Rhimes' interview with Oprah below:
View original Shonda Rhimes on Katherine Heigl's Grey's Anatomy Exit: "I Was Not Surprised" at TVGuide.com
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