Castmember Pickens recently caused quite a stir when he “confirmed” the departure of Heigl and Knight.
But Rhimes took time out at Thursday night’s NAACP Image Awards — where she and her show won — to personally refute the rumors.
She told People, “That was a very interesting rumor, and it’s not true. That was absolutely taken out of context. Things happen, and … I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don’t like to tell you what’s going to happen on the show — but that is a rumor.”
Pickens, who was on hand at the ceremony, had his own explanation: “We’ve been living with these rumors for a long time. When the question was posed to me, I was more trying to congratulate Katie and T.R. on whatever they were going to do. But yeah, I don’t have any special info about it either way.”
So … oops!