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Shonda Rhimes Confirms Brooke Smith's Dismissal From 'Grey's Anatomy'

November 04, 2008 07:37:30 GMT

'Grey's Anatomy' executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, gives an exclusive statement towards the sudden axing of Brooke Smith's character as the lesbian Dr. Erica Hahn.


Shonda Rhimes Confirms Brooke Smith's Dismissal From 'Grey's Anatomy'
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Shonda Rhimes, "Grey's Anatomy" creator and executive producer, finally gives a statement regarding the unfortunate situation of Brooke Smith's dismissal from the ABC's medical drama series. Rhimes exclusively confirmed to EW's Michael Ausiello that the decision is beyond her control.

As Rhimes says, "Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian. Clearly it's not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show, Calliope Torres. Sara Ramirez is an incredible comedic and dramatic actress and we wanted to be able to play up her magic." She adds, "Unfortunately, we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke's character would sustain in the long run. The impact of the Callie/Erica relationship will be felt and played out in a story for Callie. I believe it belittles the relationship to simply replace Erica with 'another lesbian.' If you'll remember, Cristina mourned the loss of Burke for a full season."

It is believed that there is some kind of involvement from the network causing Dr. Erica Hahn's character axing. Furthermore, a source from the series reports to E! Online that all the things related to gay-theme will be erased from upcoming scripts.

November 6 episode is going to be Smith's last appearance in the series. In an interview done by Ausiello, the actress cannot hide her disappointment towards her sudden dismissal. She says, "I was very excited when they told me that Erica and Callie were going to have this relationship. And so I was surprised and disappointed when they just suddenly told me that they couldn't write for my character anymore."

The actress goes further by saying, "I found out in mid-September soon after shooting the monologue that aired last week where Erica has the revelation that she's gay. They even came down and told me it was a great scene -- one of the best they ever shot on the show. So I was really, really shocked. I was floored when they told me [I was being let go]. It was the last thing I expected. In fact, when they told me I asked, "When is this happening?" And they said, "The [next episode] is your last," which is the one that airs this Thursday. So it was very sudden."

Smith's statements relate to the source who says "They don't really give her a goodbye, it ends rather abruptly."

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posted by greysalltheway on Nov 16, 2008
I'm surprised raviespecial that you're sitting down with your nieces and nephews, and seem to be okay watching a man and woman make love to each other. But so much as see two men or women holding hands or kissing and then it's inappropriate for your young ones to watch. I would think that you and ABC needs to set their priorities straight. But it's good to know where you stand killing and murder: just an action film, man and woman making love: touching love story, but two women just kissing: the devils work. Good to know the world still has people like you to discriminate against those who are the least bit different.
posted by zoomzoomr on Nov 16, 2008
raviespecial, from the tone of your message it sounds like you look forward to sitting down with your nieces and nephews to watch a man and a woman "kiss and make love", since that's not at all "disgusting".. perhaps you should just rent them a porno! I'd rather watch a TV show where a loving couple, regardless of their sexual orientation, are developing a healthy relationship.
posted by Sarah on Nov 13, 2008
This storyline was great -- both for the chemistry, and the portrayal of the difficult and realistic growth of character for both women. There was a lot of potential here, and I feel it is a mistake to end the storyline, and fire a talented actress such as Brooke Smith. Regardless of what the official quotes say, it seems ABC was too narrow-minded to support a lesbian relationship. In today's day and age, that is disappointing and I cannot respect it. There are many relationships in the world besides heterosexual relationships, and bisexuality and homosexuality are just as valid and real as heterosexuality. Poor judgment, ABC.
posted by cookiemonster on Nov 07, 2008
And you're not disgusted by the explicit sexual references in the show otherwise? Godspeed if your nieces and nephews are watching a show like Grey's Anatomy to begin with. I would think you'd be more concerned more generally with the adult content of the show. Get a life and tune out if you are so offended by one of the more healthy relationships on this show.
posted by mediagrl on Nov 06, 2008
I think is terribly sad that a love story like this end when violence fills the air waves. But I guess watching things explode and seeing people kill each other is better than watching 2 people fall in love. Shonda I support - ABC on the other hand- seriously, no chemistry? Ask the viewers about that one.
posted by nurse1 on Nov 05, 2008
Brooke Smith was the most "real doctor" on the show and I know doctors having been a nurse for 40 years - it is a terrible decision to let her go - if they can't handle the gay story then follow a different track but keep Brooke. ABC execs need to open their narrow minds.
posted by punky_96 on Nov 04, 2008
I think that the story had a lot of possibility and that it is unfair to dismiss a talented actress when they could have changed the writing if it had to come to that. People seem to have no problem watching love scenes on primetime if they are straight, but of course if it something different all of a sudden there is a problem. It's discrimination and it's gross.
posted by raviespecial on Nov 04, 2008
Very good. I'm disgusted by the love scenes anyway, and don't understand why producers feel they have to put a lesbian or gay character in every show. I don't want to sit down at prime time and watch TV with my nieces or nephews and watch two women (or men) kissing or making love. So whether the reason they're saying for letting "Erica" go or not is true, I'm one person who is glad and not afraid of Hollywood to say so.

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