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'Grey’s Anatomy': The Brooke Smith statement (and a follow-up question)

Brookesmith In light of the controversial firing of Brooke Smith, who — until Thursday night, anyway — plays “Grey’s” Dr. Erica Hahn, executive producer Shonda Rhimes issued the following statement:

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

But here’s a question: Since when is Callie a lesbian? In last week’s episode the doc gave a whole “maybe I will see leaves, but I will also see flowers — there might be a whole forest” speech, which seemed to make it clear that the character, who has also been sleeping with Mark Sloan, considered herself bisexual. When asked for clarification, Rhimes and ABC declined to comment.

— Shawna Malcom

(Photo courtesy AP)

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First off, you may not believe that Brooke is my real name, but truly it is and you can check my ID. I was really excited to see Brooke added to the cast, not to mention my name flash across the screen every week. I loved Dr. Hahn's personality and the drama she added to the show. She was a great addition and this season will suffer a loss without her. Thanks for the smiles, leaves, and flowers Brooke!! And yes, I will miss seeing my name flash across the screen.


First of all, Shonda Rhimes is full of it. If you want to fire anyone it should be the writers who wrote storylines which lacked the "magic and chemistry". (Sara Ramirez didnt have magic or chemistry with George's character either, which is why he cheated on her and why they got divorced.) Brooke Smith is a great actress who is unfortunately taking the fall for poorly written scripts and ABC's queeziness over lesbians. Secondly, Sara Ramirez' character is not, and has never been, a lesbian. If you wanted to have a lesbian on the show, how about keeping Brooke's character and replacing Callie with an actress who can elicit some "magic" and "chemistry" which in my opinion we have not seen from Ramirez.

I love Grey's Anatomy. I have watched it from the first show. However, I have never liked the character of Erica Hann and I am glad she's gone. I think Brooke Smith did a wonderful job and is a good actress. The character did not jell with me. I agree with the producers. This gives me room for Callie to shine.

The chemistry was not working. Dr Hahn was an interesting character. The subplot about Torres and Hahn was almost as bad as George and any of the romantic relationships he has had. Talk about LACK OF CHEMISTRY!! Bring back Burke (he has served his time). He and Cristina: now that was chemistry!

Brooke, you had a job. Congratulations. But I agree that there was no chemistry between Hahn and Cali...it was exhausting to watch that storyline after a few shows. Frankly, Grey's anatomy is becoming an awfully boring show to watch; The lead actress is a poor actor unable to deliver lines in a genuine manner that might make me care about her or any of the other characters; much too neurotic; additionally, Grey's botoxed and fish faced look along with her best friend on the show has been a huge distraction. Unlikeable characters overall really. We've covered surgical staff incestuous liasons. and lesbian liasons, doctor patient boundary-crossing, what's left? It's really getting old, Shonda.

OMG! I loved Erica Hahn! She was smart, sassy and didn't take smack from anyone. I loved her character. Very disappointed in Greys staff!

I'm done with GREY'S after this.

I am so glad they are ending this story line. I was really disappointed when this story line started. I began to lose interest in the show, which is not good, because I have been hard core Grey's since I began watching it. No other show even came close. Then the lesbian story line was introduced, and I was patiently waiting for it to pass, and now finally it is. I would actually fast forward through the lesbian scenes when I would re-watch it on the DVR. I think Mark and Callie are great together!!

Really bummed out about this. I have been a fan of the actress since Silence of the Lambs! YOU WILL BE MISSED BROOKE!!!

I am done with Grey's as well--very disappointed. The show almost lost me when Meredith came back from the dead~but this ends it for sure. Step outside the box! I liked them together.

I really liked Hahn's character! I thought that the whole lesbian thing with Torres was going okay. If they thought that there was no chemistry then why couldn't they have just made them break up. Why would they have to get rid of her. I am disappointed. Now what I think would have turned things around would have been if Hahn started sleeping with McSteamy

I think they are full of it. I think it was completely personal but I suppose they will never actually tell the truth. It was not ABC because Ugly Betty which precedes Grays has a gay couple. I don't think it was a lack of chemistry because Brooke played the part as she should have, hard ass lesbian. Not to mention the firing was so sudden. They never really finished the storyline. The only conclusion is that it was personal between Brooke and Shondra. Grays is becoming somewhat less then interesting, however, tonight with the past scenes of Denny was fabulous. That alone will keep me coming back. Now, that was a storyline.

I am very disappointed with the choice that was made this past week. Brooke Smith added a lot to the dwindling show, whose plot and storylines are becoming all too lame. For the past year or so, I have felt that the show has been taking a nose-dive into the sinking abyss. Every moment of every episode, for the most part screams, "been there, done that." Erica Hahn was a strong and foreboding character. I have to agree that I hated the relationship between her and Callie. Callie is way too straight for her! Hahn should have just been able to sleep with nurses, like those idiots, Shepherd and Sloan do! I am SSOOOO sick of the Meredith/Derek schmaltz....SERIOUSLY! It would be cool if T.R. Knight's character would mirror his true sexuality, before he gets improperly paired with Lexi :) The producers have definitely done an injustice to the show. And poor Brooke Smith. ATTENTION, ABC EXECS: GIVE THIS EXTRAORDINARY LADY ANOTHER CHANCE, ON A SHOW THAT IS DESERVING OF HER IMMENSE TALENTS!!! Seriously.

I really think Brooke is a fabulous actress - but you did not play up to her strong points as the Dr. She should have been utilized more for her talent not her "lesbian" - most of all not with someone on staff. Will miss her greatly and you were right there was no chemistry between her & Callie (thank goodness) Now may be you can do something the Dr. who only is used for sex... What a wasted storyline

I agree with the person who said that Burke needs to come back to the show. He is a great character...! Besides, Christina needs to face him again! Erica and Callie....OMG...Im REALLY glad that is over! They really had no chemistry at all...good riddance! The new interns need to get a little busy and get into trouble too!!!! And DENNY>>>>>>wow!!!!! It's great that he's back....can't wait for the next episode!!!


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