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Grey's Anatomy creator responds to axing

Late yesterday, news broke that one of the characters from ABC's popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy had been cut out of the show rather suddenly. And sources say the grounds for the dismissal could be a hot topic.

According to EW.com, moles in the Grey's Anatomy camp insinuated that Brooke Smith, who plays Dr. Erica Hahn on the drama, was let go because of the character's lesbian love-affair storyline with the character Callie (Sarah Ramirez). (The source also said that execs were simply tired of the character of Erica Hahn, but that the gay themes were also of concern.)

Today, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes (who also runs the Grey's spin-off Private Practice) released a statement on the matter, as picked up by E! Online.

"Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian," said Rhimes. "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. 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."

Someone is playing with fire here. If ABC did have issue with the gay storyline, it goes against its previous reputation for being one of the more gay-friendly major networks, which doesn't sound right. ABC won two awards from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) earlier this year for Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters (the only shows that won an award aside from Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List).

On the other side, we have one of those "unknown sources" spilling information that no one seems to be able to confirm.

Something here clearly doesn't add up. What's your take?

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I meant episode 8*
(because I was really interested in what's going to happen between her and Izzie/the hospital/the chief next)
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I didn't like her character in Grey's. But still I was really confused when I watched episode 7 and she simply wasn't there anymore, with no one saying why she had actually left.
Anyway, as long as Christina, Alex and George remain on the show I don't mind xD
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BRING BACK BURKE!
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The best thing they did, she was a waste of time and space for some good character!!
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Why would they fire someone about a story line - they write the stories themwselves it's not the actresses fault.
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I honestly didn't like the character of Erica Hahn at all. She admitted early on that she didn't play nice with Cristina because she reminded her of herself, but she never fixed that, or even referenced it again. So I personally will not miss the character. If they did fire her because of the storyline, then it sucks -- but honestly, she didn't fit into the mix with the other actors.
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I think the the reason that Brooke Smith was let go is that she and Sara Ramirez will not be the 'tipical' lesibian TV couple... they are both smart, average sized women... not dingy, ditzy women who can draw more men to watch the show... I am ashamed of the TV producers and all others involved that have to use things like lesibian relationships and alcoholism to 'make' things interesting... and when it gets uncomfortable for them.... they 'run' and hide... they have to make people gay relationships mentally unstable, alcoholic, drug users, etc... Please someone have the guts to show a relationship between same-sex couples that have everyday, normal problems....
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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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This doesn't make sense. If they wanted to tame down the gay issue, then change the scripts. If they thought thought the Hahn's character was a problem, again that is dealt with in the writing of the show. There has to be more to it than we are being told.
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yeah I have to agree Hahn was a more exciting character when she was a visitor she had no chemistry with the other characters .... Callie is a great character lesbian and straight she didn't match Callie's quirkiness or for that matter anyone else on the the show.. she really didn't belong...I think they tried to do the gay storyline to make her interesting but it didn't work... she was a boring character and didn't match the show.. I see no controversy in that
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Glad she's gone I won't be missing her that's for sure.
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i like her. and i'm sad. period.
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- Clearly its not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show-Calliope Torres - Hypocrites. Torres spent all her screen time trying to prove she is not a lesbian.
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she wont be missed her never liked her
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I'm glad that they got rid of her. I never did like her character from day one. She just comes across with no emotions. If they were going to fire her because of the storyline I doubt they would have made the storyline in the first place. It just wasn't going anywhere.
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Hahn kicked ass. It seems weird that ABC would fire Isaiah Washington for using homophobic slurs and fire Smith for playing a gay character, no? Probably more likely they wrote themselves into a corner with Hahn -- she's never really fit into the show perfectly, which is sad. I don't have any objections to any storyline they explore on GA. Gay straight, whoever hooks up or however, they're all gorgeous so why not? ;)
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I don't see why GLAAD keeps awarding this network if they clearly don't like much of anything Gay They cancelled "It's All Relative" because it had a gay theme, gay actors, & gay writers-yet they aired 19 of its 22 episodes, it certainly wasn't ratings because no show matched it ratings until "LOST" came along. From the way ABC acted then, you could tell it was becuase the show had alot to do with homosexuality. They blamed it on ratings yet the proof proved them wrong. Their actions afterwards also proved it was because of their issue with gay that they had cancelled it. So THIS, DOES NOT surprise me.
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I really don't care. Erica's character does not mix with all the others, that's my impression. Like a "stand-alone" character.
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Oh well.
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WARNING: Don't play the heart surgeon on Grey's Anatomy. They've fired 2 in a row!



But in honesty her character didn't fit last year. They wrote her as someone who wouldn't train anyone. This year we saw her trying to train, but we also had this weird storyline where no one gets to specialize, to shake up how the hospital ran. (Kind of felt the same as Private Practice). So we really didn't see her loosen up much. Then they had her acting like Meredith did in the first season when she met Dereck when she was with Callie, but come to work and be mean. If there's anyone to blame, its Shonda for making such an uneven character!
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All you have to do is watch the acting and you'll see who the weakest link was and that matter was taken care of. Plain and simple.
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What's done is done - move on.
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CONTROVERSY???????
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I believe her. Hahn was a horrible character.
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ofcourse she would say that its not the lesbian storyline. Cause that would be stupid and so dumb. It took america 150 years to vote for an african american to be president so that indicates another 150 years for gay exceptance??? so stupid this is...blah
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Hmmm, well Shonda you say that there is a gay character on the show (Callie Torres), but then how do you explain the rumor about Sara Ramirez leaving Grey's around episode 15 or 16.
http://spoilertv-greysanatomy.blogspot.com/
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I like Erica Hahn -- I love that there is a kick ass attending female surgeon that competes with the likes of derek and sloane. But I trust in the GA writers, they seem to know what they are doing!
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I don't think it should matter. If they fired her because of the lesbian story line, then it's their decision. They wrote the character that way and if they decide they don't like it then it's none of our business. If gays and lesbians (even blacks) want to be treated as equals, they can't demand respect and special treatment. It doesn't make sense.
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ABC is playing with fire, no doubt about that. If something is stinking up the halls of Grey's Anatomy in regards to all things being gay then what will the backlash be for show like Brothers & Sisters? As a gay man, I can say big strides have been made and we're only 8+ years into the 21st century. Can we avoid to start backstepping? Can the networks? We are, after all, the people who can make them or break them.
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