Shonda Rimes is the powerhouse creator behind some of television’s best dramas, but one of those dramas made her create a policy that makes a lot of sense. She calls it the no “jerks” policy – though she uses a different adjective when she refers to her policy. It was instituted in the wake of the scandals that rocked the set of Grey’s Anatomy a few years ago when the show was still in its early days.
“I don’t put up with bull…or nasty people. I don’t have time for it,” says Rimes of some of the previous stars of her hit television show, Grey’s. She was forced to deal with several instances a few years ago, including gay slurs issued by one of her stars and another star who has a reputation for being exceptionally difficult on set. She then goes a step further and publicly addresses what many have long suspected – she did not care for working with Katherine Heigl.
“I learned a lot of stuff. There are no Heigls in this situation,” says Rimes when she refers to her carefully selected cast of the hit series, Scandal. She’s referring to the fact that her Grey’s cast had a few bad apples at one point, including the notoriously difficult to work with Katherine Heigl, who publicly slammed Rimes by removing her name from the Emmy nomination pool because she felt that Rimes’ storyline and content for her character were not good enough to warrant an Emmy. It wasn’t long before Heigl’s character was gone. She’s said recently she would love to make a reappearance on the show, but it’s been made clear that will not happen.
Rimes speaks of her Scandal cast, which is much newer, and much more carefully chosen. She describes them as the best she’s ever worked with, and it’s because she was taught a few lessons working with her previous cast in the past.
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