News flash: Teri Hatcher has not recently undergone any kind of partial or full lobotomy that would make her leave her well-paid, highly rated post on ABC's Desperate Housewives.
Despite a report from Britain's Daily Mail that Teri is "inspired by the success of people like Courteney Cox...who bagged her own show" [bwahaha!] and will leave Housewives at the end of next season, we have the real story from ABC sources and Hatcher herself...
"There are not enough adjectives to describe how stupid, off base, and ridiculously untrue this is," Hatcher posted on her Facebook page. "'Newspapers should be accountable for this kind of irresponsible journalism and reckless fabrication of a story."
For the record, Hatcher says she's not leaving DH until the show is canceled. So when will that be?
ABC sources say that Marc Cherry's little ratings powerhouse of a series is fully expected to live on for at least a couple more seasons. The main cast is currently only contracted through the end of the current seventh season, but Cherry has said he'd like the show to continue, and the four leading ladies are presumed to be on board as well.
When asked if there is any truth to the Daily Mail story, an ABC rep says "No."
By the way, the reason we "bwahahaha'd" at the idea that Teri would be so envious of Courteney's Cougar Town gig she'd pull a David Caruso: Cougar Town (which we love) is doing just fine with about 7 million viewers, but Housewives is up 14 percent with 12.5 mil. So we're guessing Teri is feeling fine.
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