Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Back in the early 2000’s, ABC was in a funk as a network and needed some new shows to kickstart their ratings and bring back viewers that started tuning out. Along with a few other shows, “Desperate Housewives” helped to revive the network thanks to creator Marc Cherry and an ensemble cast of stars (Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria). The show about the women that live on Wisteria Lane became must-see TV almost instantly and won multiple Emmy Awards.
The show had run its course by the final season as ratings started to drop, but it wrapped up at the right time and had a good run. The final episode was aired on May 13th, 2012, and just a few days before that, headlines started to make the rounds about drama from the set of the popular series as some of the co-stars were locked into a feud.
Before the episode aired, the stars of the show pooled together money to buy gifts for the crew that worked hard, thanking them for “a magical 8 years.” The only problem was that the card was signed by Longoria, Marcia, Huffman and Vanessa Williams...with Teri Hatcher’s name nowhere to be found. One person that was working with the production crew said the snu was because “The girls don’t get along with Teri so they organized this and left her out.”
There had already been long running rumors that Hatcher was not popular among the cast members, and this seemed to confirm it. The problems dated back to 2005 when the main cast members appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, and Cross and Longoria said that they would leave if Hatcher was going to be featured in the center of the photo. They got their wish, so they stuck around for the photoshoot and the show.
Rumors only started to get worse when Longoria was being interviewed and talked about she spent time off the set with all of the main cast members, but never said Hatcher was one of them. People that worked on the set said that Hatcher “physically separates herself from others during breaks in filming.” The problems were apparent, but producers never did want to comment on the rift between Hatcher and the rest of the cast.
It wasn’t until a year after the show’s finale that Hatcher commented on the situation, including the gift for the crew. Even then, she didn’t say anything about the cast, claiming that “That crew knows I’d have jumped in front of a bus for them at any moment…it doesn’t matter what anybody writes.” She would comment on the cast later on in the interview, but didn’t exactly say anything to suggest that they were fine with each other.
Hatcher said “I honor every single one of them for what they brought to that journey and have never ever wish any of them anything but greatness and will continue to do that, so that’s pretty much all I have to say about that,” with a smile. She did mention that she and Vanessa Williams (who became a cast member six seasons into the show) that the two spent time together off set, but that she was the only one.
A few weeks after the show ended, Longoria claimed that there was “no bad blood,” and that Hatcher was “just a loner.” Was that really the case, though, or was she just trying to cover up for Hatcher’s name being left off of the cast gift? If you believe show creator Marc Cherry, he said in a trial that it was the latter. Cherry said in a testimony that Sheridan claimed Hatcher “was the meanest woman in the world.” The trial, of course, came as part of Sheridan leaving the show. Cherry said that Sheridan’s character had already served her purpose, and killed her off via electrocution in a car crash. It seems like that wasn’t the only wreck that happened on the set of “Desperate Housewives” through the years.