We've heard from Nicollette Sheridan. We've heard the official party line from ABC and Marc Cherry. But every good drama has at least a couple of twists. And wouldn't you know it, today's comes courtesy of Eva Longoria Parker who, in discussing "the incident" that sparked the $20 million lawsuit, inadvertently confirmed that there actually was an incident to begin with.
But before ABC sics its lawyers on her, we should point out that while her phrasing might seem confusing, the only thing she was confirming as "true," was that Nicollette had filed a lawsuit.
Though for someone who claimed not to know any more details, she certainly seemed armed with plenty of them. Here's her version of the event in question:
"I know that they did have a thing on set—I guess it was a couple of years ago. It's so long ago, the actual incident, and I wasn't on set when it happened," she said. "But apparently this incident had happened, and she felt it was wrong.
"I am trying to get the dirt here on set, but no one's allowed to talk about it."
Not that that stopped Parker.
When pressed by Seacrest about what she had heard of the incident back when it first happened, the Desperate Housewife got uncharacteristically tongue-tied.
"That something, um, happened on set regarding, um, them doing a scene. She was doing a scene, and something that he…He was showing her how to do a scene. Honestly, I wish I knew."
Join the club. Still, Parker didn't hesitate to scapegoat former costar Neal McDonough for further questioning, as she said he was the only castmember who was working with Sheridan at the time of the incident. (Incidentally, in one of those made-for-prime-time twists, McDonough was also reportedly let go from another ABC show just last week, albeit for an unrelated matter. The plot thickens.)
Still, while Parker isn't taking any definitive side (she told Ryan, after all, that she fully intends on sticking with Housewives through its ninth season, and not accusing the boss of criminal acts is a good way to go about that), she is quick to lavish praise on both parties.
"He's funny and sweet and really probably could not harm a fly. He's just so sweet," she said of Cherry.
"Nicollette's a sweet girl, too. I'm really confused about this whole thing."
Join the bigger club.
"That's a big lawsuit; it's a big deal," she said. "I love the show so much I would hate for anything to really tarnish the reputation of the show. I really would like all of it to go away."
Confused? Don't be. We've got all the backstory you need to catch up on the feud right here.