Grey's Anatomy creator responds to axing

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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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