A new tabloid story claiming Katherine Heigl had to sign a “non-diva agreement” before joining the cast of “Suits” is made-up. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this fabricated tale. We’re told it’s “absurd.”
As widely reported two weeks ago, Heigl is joining “Suits” as a lawyer named Samantha Wheeler. Now, according to Star, the producers of the USA Network show have made Heigl sign a “non-diva agreement” to ensure she “won’t be a nightmare” on the set of the series. A so-called “industry insider” is quoted in the gossip magazine as saying, “It’s all been laid out in legal jargon, but basically it says no changing of the script, no temper tantrums, no openly challenging the director or producers, and no negotiating a pay increase until the end of the season.”
After noting that Heigl’s character has been described in a network press release as her law firm’s “greatest ally… or most powerful enemy,” the tabloid’s alleged tipster adds, “And that’s exactly how a lot of people are feeling about Katherine joining the cast.” “She’ll either be brilliant to a total disaster,” contends the highly suspect “source.”
Here is what’s going on: In the past, the actress has opened her mouth and gotten in trouble for it. In 2008, while on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl withdrew from consideration for another Emmy Award (after having won the previous year) because, as she said, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.” That was a decade ago, and she’s since clarified that it wasn’t so much the show as she wasn’t pleased with her own performance that season. Heigl told Howard Stern in 2016 that she “shouldn’t have said anything publicly” and instead should’ve just “shut up.”
It’s been 10 years since the original controversy, and the nearly 40-year-old actress and mother of three has grown up a lot. She wouldn’t have been approached to star on “Suits” if there was still a fear she was a “diva.” Nevertheless, Gossip Cop checked in with a production source, who assures us there’s no such document that Heigl was made to sign. Additionally, her rep tells us the tabloid’s tale is “completely false and absurd.”
It should be noted that the publication’s sister outlets have been coming at Heigl from different directions for years. In 2014, when Heigl was on the NBC show “State Of Affairs,” Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer for falsely claiming the married actress might cheat on her husband with her co-star Chris McKenna. And in just the past 12 months, we’ve corrected OK! and RadarOnline for wrongly asserting Heigl and Josh Kelley were having marriage problems. Maybe Star and the tabloids should let the pros at “Suits” create the drama rather than fabricating its own about Heigl.