Another day of Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC, another bombshell dropped — this time involving the death of a major character that will be featured during this Sunday’s (March 11) episode of the show.
As previously reported by our own Victor Bronsin, Sheridan, who played Edie Brit on the show, filed a lawsuit against Cherry and ABC, claiming she was “killed off” in the series after telling executives that Cherry had struck her.
Cherry denied these claims in court Thursday, painting quite a different picture. According to Zap2it, Cherry told the jury he was giving the actress direction for a scene when he “reached out and tapped her on the side of the head.” Sheridan became enraged and accused him of hitting her.
From there, Executive producer George Perkins took the stand and leaked a Desperate Housewives spoiler that reportedly “shocked” the courtroom.
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E! reports that when Sheridan attorney Patrick Maloney asked if any other major character has been killed off the series besides Edie, Perkins responded that Teri Hatcher’s TV husband is out of a job.
Yes. James Denton’s character, plumber Mike Delfino, will apparently bite the bullet this Sunday.
The courtroom was stunned and while Perkins turned bright red, DH creator Marc Cherry had a giant grin on his face.
Perkins confirmed to Maloney that the death would take place in this Sunday’s episode.
While ‘Housewives’ fans may be disappointed to see James Denton exit the show, the actor revealed he was thrilled with the idea and seemed grateful for his time spent on cast.
“Any other year, I would have been disappointed, but at this point I figured, well, we made it,” the actor reasoned, saying he was informed about Mike’s death by creator Cherry “between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year.
Still, he has one regret as he shared:
“But as soon as he told me, it was a little bit like, ‘Oh, it’s a bummer because I won’t be around for the wrap.’ We’ve got such a great crew. We’re all such good friends. That’s kind of a drag because there’s six or seven episodes left.”
“Desperate Housewives” airs every Sunday at 9/8c on ABC. The show is currently in its eighth and final season.
As for the Nicollette Sheridan trial, it is expected to last 11 days and will determine if the actress will receive one year’s salary—a measly $4 million.
James Denton talks about Nicollette Sheridan in the video below: