After a string of projects ranging from disappointing to disastrous, Katherine Heigl‘s career is on life support—and the Grey’s Anatomy alum is ready to part ways with her manager mother, Nancy, in an effort to save it.
Although her rep denies the story, a source claims things came to a head when Katherine’s widely touted return to TV on the drama State of Affairs fizzled after only three months, and the star faced some probing questions about how difficult she and Nancy were to deal with.
“Nancy isn’t a producer or really even a manager, something she admits herself,” a source told OK!. “But she thinks she has the right to make the decisions, and she’s angered a lot of people in the process.”
The momager certainly didn’t help her client when Katherine dissed the writing on Grey’s ad called her breakthrough film Knocked Up “sexist,” alienating some of the industry’s biggest talents.
“Katherine doesn’t know when to stay quiet. She’s damaged her reputation, and her mother encouraged that behavior,” the source adds. “She is very close to her mom, but she knows she needs to salvage what remains of her career with someone else—that is, if anyone will actually take her.”