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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.

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One last comment please, You present an aura that so few posess. I could
envision a live daily TV show with you just being yourself. Maybe something
along the lines of Raechel Ray, or better yet, something of your own . Maybe
a Talk Show? or something to show women how to look as radient as you so
they might have better chances getting a job that they need? Or insights on
how to better manage their Money and assets, especially for single or those
who are divorecd etc.? I believe that you are someone who knows how to
take care of themself and that knowledge and encouragement would be so
valuable to so many women out there! Any way, where is it written that Jay,
Conan, and Dave are the only ones people will tune into at late night?
Honey child, I wouldn't miss a single show! Think About It..You Got It!

I for one, think that Katherine is a breath of Fresh Air within the vicious talons
of the " Proclaimed" experts. I thoroughly enjoyed "27 Dresses" and have
purchased the dvd for many freinds and family, She brought to mind days long gone of Doris Day & Lucille Ball with up dated predicaments. Yes, I do
think that there is better performances ahead for this talented young lady. I
only pray that she continues to think for herself what venues and avenues
are most suited for her talents. She is Young, Beautiful, and Bold. Qualities
that I find lacking in so many actors these days. I admire her absence from
those nasty rag tabloids also. Katherine, I and many others know you to be
the lady with a future. Grace Kelly should have been so fine. God Bless!

She's a great actress, the best on Grey's, and if she gets nominated over one of her co-stars it will be because her acting warrants her. Yes, she's mouthed off when she shouldn't have, but that has nothing to do with her acting ability.

So she submits for the emmys when she was hardly on the show and displayed very little great work???? If chandra wilson doesn't win this year, there is no justice and Greys anatomy, after their explosive finale, should be among the nominees along with Lost, castle, brothers and sisters and mad men.

Thanks Tom for the link to the performers ballot. Could you get us the link to the ballots for series, writing and directing? Thanks!

She's a bad actress a la Jennifer Aniston...these two just make very bad movies over-all...they should find some other profession instead...okay let your heads explode now..

What a shame...not to "let sleeping dogs lie"

Heigl's taking up a spot infinitely more deserved by Sandra Oh or Chandra Wilson.



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