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Katherine Heigl listed incorrectly on Emmy ballot — after Gold Derby came to her rescue

June 6, 2010 |  5:38 pm
Katherine Heigl Emmy ballot

Attention, Emmy voters: Yes, that's a goof on your ballot. Katherine Heigl isn't in the running for "Desperate Housewives." She's really up for "Grey's Anatomy" despite what the ballot said after Emmy voting commenced at 6 p.m. PST on Friday. The TV academy promises that it will be fixed by Monday morning when staffers return to the office. Meantime, to see the original mistake, click on the image above -- it expands.

Frankly, it's a miracle Heigl got on the ballot at all. Clearly, the goof of listing the wrong TV show below her name was made in the mayhem of her name being jammed onto the ballot at the last minute after Gold Derby discovered she was missing from the race.

Last Wednesday, Gold Derby discovered that Heigl's name still had not been submitted for Emmy contention only two days before voting was set to begin. It was an omission that surely would've caused an uproar similar to the last time Gold Derby noticed she wasn't listed on the ballot one year after she won best supporting drama actress of 2007.

In 2008, Heigl told us, "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." Her shocking candor caused a series insider to fume to EW over her "ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."

Soon thereafter rumors flew that writers plotted to kill off her character, who came down with cancer. Ultimately, Heigl's character rallied and left the TV series healthy, but 18 months before Heigl's contract was set to end.

Heigl quietly rejoined the Emmy race last year, but she didn't get nominated. When we heard that she had not submitted paperwork this year, we asked her new media rep for comment, but the rep told us via e-mail at 7:49 p.m. Thursday night -- less than 24 hours before the start of Emmy voting -- "She DID in fact submit, so this (report) is NOT true."

However, Gold Derby double-checked our source, found out our info WAS, indeed, true, and we alerted the new rep. A scramble ensued to cram Heigl on the ballot before a new uproar could break out.

On Friday, we received an e-mail from Heigl's rep thanking us for catching the mistake, adding, "We have sorted it out. In the transition between publicity firms, and unbeknownst to Ms. Heigl (or us), the submission was not completed, but now has been!"

This year Gold Derby broke the news that another past winner of best supporting drama actress is not on the Emmy ballot -- last year's champ Cherry Jones ("24"). And her rep will not explain why she's absent. Meantime, past Emmy victor of best supporting drama actor, Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") is back on the ballot after quitting the race last year, but his rep has not responded to our request for an explanation. Read more here.

Photo credit: Emmys.tv

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