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Brooke Smith Booted from Grey's Anatomy

Say What? Dr. Hahn Takes Leave From Grey's Anatomy

Yeah, I know, we were just talking about Grey's Anatomy. But hold on tight, cause this story is crazy.

You know Erica Hahn? Hahn, Callie's confidant and lover, who came in to whip the cardiac surgery department into shape after Preston Burke's departure? Well . . . she's off the show, effective this week.

Brooke Smith told Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello that her character doesn't really get much closure — "My final scene is just me heading to my car." She said Shonda Rhimes seemed upset about the decision, almost like "some decision came down from above." She'd only gotten compliments for the work she was doing, she said.

I'll admit the Hahn/Callie storyline wasn't my favorite, but I think Smith is great and had rooted for her to join the show. This all seems rather fishy to me, somehow, though it certainly sheds new light on Grey's adding both a new bisexual character and a new heart surgeon, no?

Update: Melissa George's character, Sadie, might not be bisexual now, either.

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emcoreXD emcoreXD 8 years
I think she was a good addition to the cast. Shame though.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Gays watch Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters and Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money. If they want to intimidate their audience, keep on with this tactic--if it truly is a tactic--otherwise I respect the creative flow. However if ABC is reacting to possible suggestions that they're "too gay" or something and scaling back, then I'm going to have to take offense. Give us a really juicy gay story line in the next year or so, and I won't be concerned. Thanks!
HipMom HipMom 8 years
I don't like her character. I won't be heartbroken if Erica Hahn leaves, she just doesn't fit in IMO>
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I don't know how to feel about her sudden departure.. was never really on board with her character and I can't get over picturing her at the bottom of the well in the basement with the basket with a bottle of lotion in it..(silence of the lambs).. I am usually able to get past recognizing an actor from a previous movie or show..but for some reason every single time I saw her..I would think about the scene. My bad.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
wow, I've been so rapped up with the election that I didn't even know about this. Sad, I really liked her character.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
wow, i'm so suprised that a lot of character don't like Hahn as a character. I think she's actually great, it is the script that's a bit thin about her characterization. and i'm kinda shocked that the lesbian relationship story line bothers so many people. This is important stuff! I always think Grey's, as a dramedy, is great for introducing gay/bisexual characters. Also, there are far more annoying characters than Hahn (yes Mer, I'm talking about you...Izzie, you're next). I mean discovering one's sexuality is big stuff, so I'm sad the ABC suits have to cut her out from the show:(
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I don't really like her, but this just seems weird to me. I thinks she adds a good dynamic.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
The relationship between Callie and Hahn seemed gratuitous to me. No chemistry and not well written, which is an unfortunate waste of two talented actresses. I can appreciate that they made an effort to humanize the gay issue a few days before gay marriage was being voted on in California, but it just didn't feel well planned or executed.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I really liked Hahn, but hated the Callie/Erica storyline. It seemed so forced, so unnatural. Brooke Smith did an amazing job with the character; I'll miss her.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I really like Hahn. I thought the storyline with Callie just didn't seem very believable but I am very sad Hahn is leaving :(. I think they just took her storyline with Callie way too quickly. They went from being friends to lovers like woah fast, but I also don't agree with just quickly taking her off the show too...
bluestar bluestar 8 years
Glad she's gone, I couldn't stand watching her character.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
That's so random! I can't believe they're not even writing her off!
marciag5 marciag5 8 years
I don't like this decision at all & I especially don't like the fact that it's so abrupt & there won't be any closure to it! While I didn't necessarily love the whole Callie/Hahn relationship, I did think the storyline was handled realistically from an interesting/different viewpoint from what you'd normally see on TV...and I always liked the Hahn character a lot. She's tough & doesn't take anybody's crap & I really enjoyed her interactions with McSteamy. Brooke Smith is a great actress & I'm sure she'll be missed.
McSquish McSquish 8 years
I actually didn't mind the storyline and I liked how Dr. Hahn would only warm to Calli and no one else. I liked that their relationship seemed awkward cuz it was both their first times. I like how last episode Hahn was so sure and Calli was confused. I liked all of these issues and how they were explored. However, Shonda's statement to say "Hey, guys, hold on. We still have a Lesbian, its Calli!" Well sure, but if you look at the last episode, Calli was pretty much set up to be Bi. It just seems very very fishy to me too and with the addition of not three, but FOUR new characters, I think I"m done. Heroes is bad enough trying to follow every plot and sub plot, I didn't want that kind of stress from Grey's. And its horribly harsh what they are doing to the actress. To me it just goes to show how they just want to brush LGBT issues under the rug, like it doesn't exist or never happened.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Katia, I don't think that's it at ALL. I think it was a non-workable story line.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
They totally wasted Brooke Smith. She was great as Hahn, and then they gave her a storyline with an actress she had no chemistry with. I'm sorry to see her go.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Oh HALLELUJAH! I can't stand the character and I did NOT like the relationship between her and Callie. It wasn't believable in any way, shape or form. I am glad to see her go.
prettyeyes prettyeyes 8 years
there's noooo way she can leave! this is crazy!!
mlen mlen 8 years
i didn't like hahn much at all or her and callie together- they just lacked chemistry i thought. however, they definitely could have gone about this in a better way and at least given her a storyline reason to leave the show. i mean when people hated gizzie, they killed the storyline, not the characters.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
how is it racism? are Gays a race now? i wasnt aware.
KatiaD KatiaD 8 years
Its very clear a case of dropping a gay affair story.Racism is all over Hollywood no matter what people say or pretend.Especialy on gay women.And its another show of how unprofessional everybody has become.This actress was cheated and dropped realy badly.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have to say that I was personally sick of the Hahn/Torres storyline, thank god she is gone. I loved her character, but couldnt care less now.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I'm a little shocked by this... I thought Hahn was a good addition to the cast. Wonder who will come in now as the best heart guy now?!
yadiet yadiet 8 years
I didn't like the whole Erika + Callie = love wasn't my piece of cake. and greys was getting quite boring. Hopefully it picks up this season. :SAD:
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