Sheridan vs. Cherry: She Said, He Said

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It's "Rashomon" on Wisteria Lane as former "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan and show creator Marc Cherry recall very different versions of a 2008 altercation and her eventual firing.

Drama fit for a nighttime soap opera is unfolding in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom as former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan presses her $6 million wrongful-termination case against ABC and series creator Marc Cherry over her 2009 firing from the hit series. Sheridan, who was making $175,000 per episode on Housewives (but can't find a job, her lawyer testified), believes Cherry wrote her character off the show as retaliation for her complaints about being hit in the face by Cherry on the set in 2008. There were no eyewitnesses to the altercation, and testimony from Sheridan and Cherry in the two-week jury trial has presented two very different recollections.

THE INCIDENT

  • Sheridan: "I couldn't believe he just hit me. 'You just hit me in the head. That is not OK! That is not OK!' "
  • Cherry: "I tapped her head, yes … [but] I was just demonstrating the physical business [of a scene being rehearsed]. I didn't think I needed [permission]. Permission was understood."

THE AFTERMATH

  • Sheridan: "He said, 'I am on bended knee begging your forgiveness.' I said, 'Why would you do somethingl ike that?' He said, 'I didn't know what you wanted.' He wrapped his arms around me
  • and apologized again."
  • Cherry: "I do remember it was agreed [that] it would be better to get the scene filmed if I just went and apologized. I said I would be happy to write a [new] joke for her."

THE FIRING

  • Sheridan: "I was told there was going to be a fun writers meeting in the writers room the next day."
  • Cherry: "I just told [my assistant] to set up a meeting so we could talk face to face. …  I never said to suggest the meeting would be fun."
 
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