Heigl told Access Hollywood reporter Shaun Robinson that she disapproved of his use of the slur when referring to the incident, saying, "I'm not okay with it.
"I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period. I'm sorry, that did not need to be said. I just find it hurtful.
"I just feel like this is something that should be very much in-house we need to deal with and it's among us and the cast and crew and among Shonda (Rimes, the show's creator) and the producers."
He adds, "I kiss Patrick Dempsey. We purposely sing ‘Ebony and Ivory’ every night since October 9 and nobody has written about it."
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