Grey’s Anatomy has abruptly fired actress Brooke Smith who played Dr. Erica Hahn,Â the lover of character Dr. Callie Torres.Â
The move was a creative decision and unrelated to the sexual orientation of Smith’s character, said series creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.
“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 â€” Calliope Torres,” Rhimes said in a statement Monday.
Sara Ramirez, who plays Callie, is an “incredible” actress and the goal is “to play up her magic,” Rhimes said. “Unfortunately, we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke’s character would sustain in the long run.”
The breakup’s effect on Callie will be reflected in upcoming episodes, Rhimes said.
“I believe it belittles the relationship to simply replace Erica with `another lesbian,’” Rhimes said, noting that Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) mourned the departure of Dr. Preston Burke (former cast member Isaiah Washington) for a full season.
How long before the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation starts decrying Grey’s Anatomy for not supporting the community?Â Â Â More likely, the “creative decision” was that Brooke Smith was a bitch, a crazy, a drunk, a druggie or just a general fuck up.
Brooke Smith last night at the 4th Annual Worldwide Orphans Foundation benefit Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, NYC.