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Smash Creator Gives The REAL Reason Why She Left The Show!

| Filed under: TV NewsKatharine McPhee

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Wanna know why Theresa Rebeck quit her own hit network drama after its first season??

According the Smash creator/ex-showrunner, her sudden departure had EVERYTHING to do with NBC's unartistic executives!

Rebeck explains:

"One of the points of contention last year was that the network thinks they have the right to say to the writer of the show, 'We don't want [a character] to do this. We want her to do this', and I would sometimes say back to them that she would never do that. And they'd look at me like I was crazy, and I'd be like, 'Nope, it's not crazy, it's just who the character is'. You have to respect who the character is."

She says that Katharine McPhee's character, Karen, was the center of most of her disagreements with the network.

Apparently Theresa was told it was their way or nothing:

"The better executives understand that there's supposed to be tension and respect, but a lot of them are just like, 'Do it. You don't own it. Just do it'. That's not a level playing field; you can't have a true discussion."

You gotta give gurlfriend credit! She'd rather lose her job than betray her characters — that is a TRUE artist!

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3 comments to “Smash Creator Gives The REAL Reason Why She Left The Show!”

  1. 1

    oh stfu… she dint really "lose" her job. She still listed as creator on the credits and still gets paid!! She loses the salary for hanging around the set everyday. The real money is in the creator rights and licensing deal esp. when it hits the 100 episode syndication mark.

  2. ONIT says – reply to this


    Of course she's still the creator and gets all the benefits. She isn't allowed to raise her child anymore. She may see it from afar but that's all. That's the point. Probably just people in the creating arts may understand it though.

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    Suits and number crunchers damage their own bottom line by not letting the creative pros run with an unfolding direction.
    Hagman & Co. MADE Dallas by ad libbing outrageously, and the brass wisely stood back and started counting their benjamins.