Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher may be on the way out of Desperate Housewives. According to reports Hatcher will leave at the end of 2012, while Huffman will exit a short time later.
Hatcher has played Susan Mayer for seven seasons on the show, while Huffman has co-starred as Lynette.
An industry snoop told the Daily Mail:
“Teri has given in her notice and is making active preparations to move on.”
Apparently Hatcher wants to move onto a bunch of other tasks:
“She has another production deal in the pipeline and she is in the early stages of developing a sitcom that she wants to start work on immediately after she finishes Desperate Housewives – she wants a new show in time for the mid-January pilot season.”
Hatcher’s exit could put an end to the show, while ABC Studios signed a new 2 year contract, it specifically stated that all cast members must remain on the show for the contract to remain in place, without Hatcher next season could be the last.
The possibility of cancellation according to the tipster has angered some of the cast:
“Some of the crew are disappointed in Teri, they feel like she is abandoning the show that revived her career. Desperate Housewives can’t really continue without Teri or Felicity because they need the original stars to pull in the ratings. Teri has been inspired by the success of people like Courteney Cox, who walked away from Friends and bagged her own prime-time show, Cougar Town.”
It will be interesting to see how that one plays out.