What's the latest drama surrounding ABC's long-running hit show Desperate Housewives? Don't look for it on the small screen. Former "Housewife," Nicollette Sheridan is embroiled in a dramatic 'wrongful termination' case against show creator Marc Cherry. During the trial Cherry recently admitted to hitting Sheridan...well, sort of.
Cherry testified and admitted to hitting the series' former actress, but what Sheridan described as a "hit" Cherry described as a "tap for artistic direction." A what? What's artistic about tapping someone? Whether he hit her or not, he could have at least come up with a more creative cover-up.
Sources report that Cherry claimed he had permission to tap Sheridan on the head but realized that in doing so, an awkward and strained relationship had been created between them. "I didn't need permission. Permission was understood," Cherry said. Wow, that statement doesn't sound chauvinistic, pompous, or bigoted, Mr. Cherry. (Note sarcasm.)
The "tap for artistic direction" occurred when he and Sheridan disagreed on a scene she was in. Sheridan felt that the scene lacked comedy and in response, Cherry apparently deemed it necessary to tap her on the head to put her in the right artistic direction.
Cherry also noted that when he "artistically tapped" Sheridan, he had already received permission to kill her character off the popular show. But did that really give Cherry the license to "tap" Sheridan? It sounds like Cherry and Sheridan just didn't get along and Cherry felt entitled to treat her badly if she upset him.
With Cherry's recent revelation, do you think Nicollette Sheridan deserves the $6 million settlement she is seeking? Was Cherry out of line? Or is Sheridan just being... desperate?