Actress Katherine Heigl regrets snubbing the Emmy Awards in 2008 and blaming GREY'S ANATOMY writers for her decision not to enter the trophy race.
The star hit the headlines when she told reporters she wouldn't be defending her Best Actress crown because she didn't feel that the material she had been given on the medical drama warranted a nomination.
Her remarks upset the show's writers - and now Heigl admits she was mean and she could have handled the situation better.
She tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "At the time I thought I was doing the right thing and I wanted to be clear that I wasn't snubbing the Emmys.
"I was just afraid that if I said, 'No comment', it was going to come across like I couldn't be bothered... I could have more gracefully said that without going into a private work matter. It was between me and the writers. I ambushed them, and it wasn't very nice or fair.
"Everybody has bad days. I was a little defensive about my season (on the show) because I thought I hadn't had a great one."
Heigl admits she felt compelled to personally apologise to Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes almost as soon as she'd made her remarks.
She adds, "I was just like, 'Look, that was obnoxious. I apologise.' She was like... , 'I get it'."
Heigl has since quit the drama to concentrate on being a mum to her adopted South Korean daughter Naleigh.