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Defense Attorney Claims Nicollette Sheridan Was NEVER A Main Character On Desperate Housewives!

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Ouch! This has got to sting!

Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit trial for her firing from Desperate Housewives has been getting pretty intense today, with the actress describing in detail an instance in which she alleges that creator Marc Cherry smacked her while filming a scene, and now, the defense attorney is firing back - BIG TIME!

According to Adam Levin, who is attempting to prove that the death of the Edie Britt character was not an unusual move for a network show but a creative choice, Sheridan was never one of the main cast members, as opposed to the other four stars - as she was not featured in group shots for the show's opening sequence, she was only nominated for a Best Supporting Role Golden Globe, and that's why she was paid less than the others!

Furthermore, when he tried to contradict the claims she made regarding the smacking incident, she called the questioning "ridiculous" and asserted:

“He hit me and he hit me hard, sir! I said it then, it is not OK to hit me."

Geesh! We have a feeling that this is going to get a whole lot uglier before it gets resolved!

Stay tuned!

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23 comments to “Defense Attorney Claims Nicollette Sheridan Was NEVER A Main Character On Desperate Housewives!”

  1. 1

    She did not start out as a main character - but she certainly became one. I quit watching when they killed her off.

  2. 2

    Exactly! As I said yesterday, she was not a main character and was never really promoted as one. I have tried to be objective about this from what little I do know, but something about this doesn't sit too well with me. How is it that she was "treated so badly" yet upset that she was fired. If I really felt that I was underpaid and treated differently than my coworkers, I would've quit. Period! Or at least I would've said something prior to being fired.

  3. 3

    Let's face it: you could easily go a whole episode and not see hide nor hair of Edie, and it wouldn't matter. The other characters hated her, so she wasn't always featured. Hence, why she wouldn't be considered a main character. I haven't watched since season four, but I can't imagine she became anymore "central" to the plot.

  4. 7tizz says – reply to this


    I wanna be on her side but unless she has a witness to this 'smack', then her claims seem a bit out there. As for whether or not she was a 'star' is another matter. I was not a regular viewer of the show, but I always associated the show with her. Acting is such a different industry where it is known that job security is not guaranteed so being fired shouldn't come as a complete shock. They hire you based on a certain look you have, your age. sex, among other factors not found in a regular 9 to 5 job…well, for the most part. It's a risky industry and there are thousands out of work actors because of these factors. It's not like you don't know that going in.

  5. 5

    Dumb Bitch

    Does she really think that she will be in demand after this
    who would ever hire her ???

  6. 6

    I don't know about this lame line that Nicolette Sheridan wasn't a main character or intended to be one of the show's stars from the beginning. When the show premiered, she was heavily promoted. Actually the only known names BACK THEN were hers and Teri Hatcher. People only discovered Eva Longoria once the show started. Most people didn't know Marcia Cross. And for the first two years know one seemed to know Felicity Huffman's name. So it seems reaching to say that Nicolette Sheridan wasn't there to be a "full" housewife character. And as it is, the entire plot of the show over its many years of meandering storyline never much seemed to even know to where it was going anyway. So to say that someone from the start of a major ABC series wasn't ever intended to be one of its "main" characters barely holds up since the show never much found out who its main characters were - ever. The audience simply honed in mostly on Teri Hatcher's character as it was and to simplify a mess of a plotline over several years time they focused a lot around that character specifically. Cherry seems to be desperate in this line of argument, if you ask me,

  7. 7

    Regardless, he shouldn't have hit her.

  8. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Re: Adorable Kevy – I agree with most of what you said except that Marcia Cross was an 'unknown at the time'. Umm, wait a second there - Melrose Place? When Kimberly came out of the water in her return, it was one of the most memorable and shocking scenes of any show in it's time. Anyone doing a retrospective of 90s TV and omitting that scene is not doing a proper job. If she loses her case (or even wins it), she'll most likely never work in Hollywood again. This case isn't garning 'that much' attention for her name to be thought of as a hot commodity. Not all bad press is good press, Eminem.

  9. 9

    Of course she can lose the case and work again. It's silly to suggest otherwise. Producers who don't intend to assault their actors would have no reason not to hire her. Cherry admits he hit her. Most people in the industry think he's a silly little girl. That's not going to change if Nicolette fails to prove her case.

  10. 10

    Re: rosebud99 – marc cherry is an ugly bitter queen with a little deformed peen!! he hates nicollette because he was threatened by her gorgeousness!! poor marc cherry and his secret vagina!! lol!! :-) #hermie

  11. 11

    Re: Adorable Kevy – If she was "heavily promoted", why wasn't she pictured in the opening credicts? As a matter of fact, didn't she even leave for a season or half a season when she was engaged to Kenny G? I don't know, because I think I stopped watching altogether around season three or four and even then I didn't watch every episode. All I know is when I stopped watching was around the time when Carlos and Gabi got back together while she was married to the mayor.

    I don't know if Nicollete was really hit or not, but her first action should've been to call the police and make report of it. For one, it's documented, and secondly,maybe she wouldn't have been fired because it would've been seen as retaliation. Once again, there is a lot in her story that doesn't seem right.

  12. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Re: KellyM_in_CA – I think you're wrong here Even a producer who has no intention of 'hitting her' wouldn't hire her. It would threaten him that if he did anything wrong to her, she'd cry wolf again. Win or lose, she's tainted meat now - radiation, if you will.

  13. 13

    Well, fact is, many watched the show FOR HER and not those other slack-a*s UGLY b*tches!

  14. 14

    Re: rosebud99
    So did so many others. Marc Cherry is a pig.

  15. 15

    Re: 7tizz
    You have no idea what you're talking about… it's HOLLYWOOD! Get a clue.

  16. 16

    Re: 7tizz – I don't know what industry you work in, but what you've wriutten simply isn't true.

  17. 17

    Re: FatAzzPooHeadDoodle – You appear to have some very intimate knowledge of Mr. Cherry's anatomy . Just how do you come about this knowledge?

  18. 18

    I have no idea about the mistreatment but have to agree with the defense attorney that she wasn't a main charcater. I stopped watching soon after she was killed (not because she was gone, it simply went to shit) but she definitely was never as primary as the other four, she was always on the outer edges. And yes, some people might have watched just for her but that doesn't make you a main character.
    I do think this will give her a few problems ever working in Hollywood again, especially if she loses as others might fear the same treatment. I mean, I'm sure she'll get jobs still…I just think she might miss out on some she wouldn't have it it wasn't for this mess.

  19. 19

    She WISHED she was a major character. Face it, she was on it to add some sex, sleaze, and comedy. The show is Desperate Housewives - she was not even a bride.

  20. 20

    Re: tallguy10 "She WISHED she was a major character. Face it, she was on it to add some sex, sleaze, and comedy. The show is Desperate Housewives - she was not even a bride." – As though that stops a character from being a main character or antagonist in a drama. The whole original premise of the show was that one of the missing "HOUSEWIVES" (the show's narrator) was dead. We don't know why. We don't know who may have killed her if anybody. That alone could include a list of possible "suspects" whether a housewife on Wisteria Lane - OR a man-eating, hated single gal character as played by Sheridan. Since the show never had real direction or knew to where it was going in its plot arc, its as legit to argue that Sheridan's character was introduced as to be a viable "suspect" in the main premise (or a dead housewife from the street). Now, if she was written out because MARC CHERRY obviously simply didn't like Sheridan PERSONALLY, that's something else. But it doesn't mean that he and ABC didn't sign her as to be a main character (even if not a "housewife").

  21. 21

    Re: Adorable Kevy – "…OF a dead housewife"

  22. 22

    "…OF a dead housewife".

  23. 23

    SHE HAD A big part in it she had affairs or edie did with just about all the men in there she was main enough besides that whats that got to do with being hit if SHE GOT HIT SHE GOT HIT…main part or no