Grey's Anatomy boots major character

Even if they aren't real, television characters can't live forever. Used to evoke emotional outpouring, give a sense of gravity, and of course boost ratings, killing characters off of television shows is--for better or worse--one of the more awesome things we tune in for week after week.

However, booting off a character because the network isn't synching with him/her or kicking them to the curb because execs think things are getting a little too extreme isn't something loyal viewers will let go of that easily.

Having said that, fans of Grey's Anatomy may be heading down to ABC's headquarters with torches and pitchforks after network executives decided to eliminate one of the medical drama's characters.

Dr. Erica Hahn, played by the effervescent Brooke Smith, won't be returning to Grey's Anatomy, reports EW.com. And it isn't like she'll be written off slowly--her last episode is this Thursday.

In an interview with Smith, EW dug up some seriously controversial news with regards to Smith and her character. According to EW, sources said that ABC executives weren't comfortable with the lesbian storyline developing between Hahn and Callie (Sara Ramirez) as well as the character in general. Ouch. And apparently they're just cutting the cord clean.

"My final scene is just me heading to my car," said Smith. "I honestly don't know what happens in the next episode. I heard not much."

We spoke to Smith at ABC's TCA press tour this summer, and she couldn't have been more pleasant or optimistic. This seems like an unjust move in an unjust business. WTF, ABC?

Anyone else wondering what really happened?

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I'm glad she's gone, couldn't stand her. And I'm all for gay relationships on TV, but Hahn? C'mon, every other character is better looking than her. If you're gonna do lesbian scenes, make them hot at least.
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I am so happy I have wanted her off for so long...she just didn't fit the type. I would like Cali to have a man or a woman don't care but I think Hahn was to emotional. I am sorry for any one who liked her but I just consider the plot line progressing after this because now maybe Yang and all the rest of the interns will realize they are also being stupid and need to train!
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Being a Grey's Anatomy junky I am sad ABC have decided for what ever reason to axe Hahn's character. I felt she brought something different to the show, not "fitting in" isn't a bad thing for the story lines. She upset the apple cart on more than one occasion which is a healthy thing for the story lines. You always need a character or two who you dislike in a show like this. As for the Lesbian angle been put forward for the reason she's going I'm not buying that! ABC know what works and what doesn't. My personal opinion is that they brought her in to be a threat to Burk and when he went they couldn't use her character to it's full potential. They tried the Lesbian theme to expand her character and to validate her being there. I feel ABC might use her to pop back from time to time from another Hospital (Mercy West) as a threat character, which in my humble opinion she is best suited for. Great show ABC.
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he he no surprise there I was wondering how they did the whole lesbian thing going on... well didn't last long...
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I am glad they got rid of her. She never flowed with the show even when here and Callie were an item. It will be nice to see things back to normal.
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I have to say I'm so glad her character is going for good! Erica Hahn was unlikeable and boring from the start and although I LOVE Grays, every time she was on I left the room. But not liking her had NOTHING to do with her being lesbian!
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no offense, but her character on Grey's Anatomy is boring. I think most people can agree with me when I say that season 5 of Grey's hasn't exactly been the best. It's getting really dull, and ABC noticed. They needed something new, and this was one of their choices. It's harsh, but something had to be done.
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Maybe she will be revived on Private Practice ;) Or maybe when she gets in the car and drives off, she is really heading for the set of Private Practice. That would be really odd, but entertaining!
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She isn't my favorite character but this is just wrong!
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Now that I've seen her performance on this last episode of hers, I can honestly say that I understand her letting go from the show. She's too manly in her performance, not to say anything homophobic, I'm all for gay rights and everything, but she didn't seem to fit in her role that well. Almost like another Dr. Sloan...
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Hahaha, this is HILARIOUS!!! After all that hooplah last year over them firing an actor because of his remarks on homosexuals, they go now and fire another actress because her character is homosexual? What utter hypocrites! My disdain for this terrible show has just increased ten-fold.
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How lame is this?? There is definitely something fishy going on here... I wonder how long it will take us to find out? I don't care too much for Hahn, so I'm not hurt by Smith's dismissal, but if it's due to the lesbian s/l, that is just not right.
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why don't they just NOT hire any heart surgeon.
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this show sucks!!! BIG TIME! scrap all Immoral potrayed series guys... how many docs wanna do the nurse and nurse do the docs.. ! come on be profesional
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its called the 21st century ABC, get used to it, and stop interfering with the writing capability of the show, there aren't enough good shows around for you to do that!
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Ah, she was never one of the reasons I watch this show anyway, I wish Smith all the best but really I'm not that fussed
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Boy, it sucks to be a heart surgeon on Grey's Anatomy!
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Gosh I will sure miss that calli-hahn thing, and I don't think the lesbian theme has anything to do with the reason why they cut off brooke smith. They aren't giving us all the infos. I just hope Erica won't die because I'm tired of people dying on this show, maybe she could just leave ?



Anyway, if they ever boot Izzie, I'm not sure if I'll continue tuning in.
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Erica was one of the less annoying characters on Greys these days :/ Callie is awful, why didn't they boot her? She was terrible with George (it was like she was going to devour him whole !) and still terrible now. When I read the headline that they axed someone I was expecting Izzie, as Katherine Heigl is (quite rightfully IMO) outspoken about the crappy storylines the past few years. Greys really lost the plot and I am still sad about it because for the first 2 years it was one of my 2 favourite shows. Brooke Smith is well out of there - good luck to her.
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She wasn't one of my favorite characters from the show but she was involved in a story line that was really interesting.....too bad they decided to bend to the studio execs on this one....:(
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So because a story line goes bad you have to completely get rid of the person playing a Lesbian, just because of some crap that 4 or 5 fat guys in a room wrote for her to do? The Disney Network needs to stop being so uptight about a show that comes on after 10 pm...
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they come up with the story line so why fire an actor for there bad writing
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Sorry to see her go wish her luck that scene was a little too racy
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i thought that were the both chraacters were going was great and i didn't think abc would not change the characters at all. but by pulling dr .Erica Hahn and leaving nothing left for Callie is not right for abc to do it.
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WTF? Grey's is starting to seriously annoy me! Hahn's leaves speech last week was one of the best pieces of writing I have seen all season...Just ridiculous is what this is
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It's sad to see Brooke Smith go, maybe this can be a good time to bring back Kate Walsh (altho her series was renewed, so probably not going to happen, but one can only wish), that position seems to be cursed at Seattle Grace.
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I liked Hahn. She seems to be the only Grey's cast member that never devolves into the "I'm being cute and awkward b/c I'm on Grey's Anatomy" style that sometimes irks me. Maybe her car will explode? That would be pretty cool.
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It doesnt really bother me, as I didnt really like Hahn anyway, although it was good to have a bit of diversity on the show. But I dont see her as a 'major' character anyway, so I dont mind seeing her go. I'm glad Addison left the show - she's too good to be on greys, way better on her own show, and I wasnt much of a Burke fan so the changes so far regarding axing characters are okay by me
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lol skyvolt2000, you think this is a jump the shark moment? a character most people don't even like? and the worse storyline the show has ever seen? not even close
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i don't like her character in the show !! we need anew doctor !! right
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I thought the chemistry was off but I was getting used to it. Callie just surfaced as basically being bi-sexual and having a male attitude towards the sex. I frankly thought she'd end up hurting Hahn in the long run but ABC just giving Hahn the boot? That ain't right:-(
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Hello Jump The Shark!
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WTF!!! What's up with Grey's producers and writers booting off major characters?!!! even worst booting off the characters that ACTUALLY give something to the show? First Burke, then Addie and now Hahn... I'm really getting tired of this stupid decisions... they don't even write her exit? this sucks!
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WTF? This is just stupid...
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What a bad decision!!!!! Hahn was good for the show and Brooke Smith is an amazing actress!!!!! First we loose Burke, then Montgomery and now Hahn.... This really sucks! Hahn was an extraodinary character as a surgeon!!!!! As for the chemistry thing: Callie and Hahn were sooooooo good together!!!!
I'm gonna miss her!!!!!!!
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Don't know what to say, but as u all said WTF
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I love the character of doctor Hahn! This really sucks!
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Yeh I have to agree - I did think it was stupid having a relationship with Hahn and Callie - it just wasn't right!! They could have done so much more with the character Hahn..such a pity I loved the relationship between her and Sandra.
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What??? I'm in shock. Brooke Smith is a great actress and She doesn't desevre on such treatment. I like her characteter and now I am so sad and mad for ABC. I hope She will find better job...:( And ABC what are you doing??? Gay panic??? Absurd. "This is 2008 people"!!!.
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I understand how they didn't think the story line of Callie and Hahn worked. I mean there was no chemistry and it all seemed to awkward, and the fact that Callie is still sleeping with Sloan kinda gave everyone an idea that the whole thing might not work. Even though kicking her out of the series is extreme, their relationship needed to end. Maybe they'll find someone with more chemistry. BTW I don't believe there is anything wrong with a homosexual relationship in the series, they just didn't pick the right actors to do that job, because it had a great magnitude on the audience. It was a pretty big deal.
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Wow
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Hahahaha. Silly, silly TV executives. :)
This fall I haven't seen one smart decision from them.
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Brooke Smith is good, but I just wasn't buying the whole Hahn/Callie storyline... not that this was Smith's fault at all - just bad writing and pathetic creative direction. Sucks that Smith pays the price for other people's ineptitude.
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WTF! Dr. Hahn's a great character and wth kinda p***y execs do they have over there?! I know that I shouldn't be suprised by anything they decide nowadays but seriously, WTF!
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The least they could do is give a proper send off to give fans closure on the Character.
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Well that sounds lame. I don't watch Grey's regularly, but I loved her character. Are they actually icking her off because the lesbian storyline backfired? LAME.
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This is complete bull! I don't really like her and Callie together but Brooke is awesome. I don't think its fair or right to let her go because they don't like what the writers give her to work with. It is kind of shady to kick off a lesbian character because you don't like the way the story is going when you have an actually gay actor on the show. It really irks me.
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They were a horrible example of a lesbian couple, look at Willow and Tara on Buffy, now that was a good couple. This couple, not good. Look at couples like Wiccan and Hulkling in the Young Avengers, that's how gay couples should be done. I never liked Hahn to begin with though.
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I have no idea what happened but i wouldnt mind seeing hahn gone! Her attitude in the show is upsetting most of the time and she doesnt give christina the recognition she deserves! She showed a lot more talent in season 2 and id love to see that again =) The lesbian thing? No problem with that but i dont see callie being fully involved with it. LOVE to see callie and mark building a more interesting relationship ;P
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this is ridiculous but i thought they might do something like this. writing off a character this great and an actress just as lovely is a very dumb move. wtf is wrong with people? i loved erica and would have liked to see where her character would have been taken to, lesbian storyline or not. she was still an amazing doctor and did great replacing burke. i guess they just can't keep a character in that field lol. i thought the storyline was awesome and if the writers didn't like it they could have just had callie and erica not work out, they didn't have to boot Brooke.
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