Desperate Housewives' Marc Cherry: Yes, I Did Tap Nicollette Sheridan's Head

Marc Cherry | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Marc Cherry | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry admitted that he did "tap" Nicollette Sheridan on the head, but that's a far cry from what the former Wisteria Lane dweller has claimed.

Sheridan is suing Cherry, claiming that he fired her because she complained that he attacked her on set. But the actress was grilled on Friday by Cherry's attorney about the inconsistencies in her previous testimony, which alleged he either "slapped" or "hit" her.

"I tapped her head, yes," Cherry said in court Monday, according to Deadline.

As for the plans to kill off her character Edie Britt, Cherry had previously claimed that he initially told former ABC Studios President Mark Pedowitz about his decision in May 2008 — four months prior to the incident on set. During Monday's testimony, Cherry said he couldn't recall details about the conversation other than Pedowitz gave him the go-ahead.

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Cherry said there are no email records of the decision because it was an in-person discussion, noting that former ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson later agreed with the decision. Cherry also noted that killing off Edie Britt was based on "cost-cutting," "creative desires" to improve the series, and Sheridan's "unprofessional behavior" on set.

"It wasn't the primary reason for my decision, but it was something I was aware of," Cherry said in court. "It was on my mind."

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