LOS ANGELES -- Dr. George O'Malley is checking out of"Grey's Anatomy" but Dr. Izzie Stevens is likely to remain onstaff.
A person with knowledge of contract negotiations with T.R.Knight, who plays George on the ABC drama, said Thursday the actoris leaving the show. The person, who wasn't authorized to discussthe negotiations publicly, asked not to be identified.
But the person said that negotiations with Katherine Heigl(HY'-guhl) were more successful and she's expected to return asIzzie.
The season finale in May left the fate of George and Izzieunclear, with both characters at death's door -- or possibly beyondit.
A publicist for Knight declined comment. Heigl's representativedid not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.