Team Marc Cherry has found itself more allies in the current residents of Wisteria Lane, as Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria Parker issued a collective statement
defending the Desperate Housewives
creator and insisting that the ABC series set is not "hostile."
The quartet said, "It would be irresponsible of us to let the public believe that being a part of this show from its inception has been anything but a blessing. We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicolette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite."
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This development is just the latest in the drama that resulted from Sheridan's $20 million lawsuit against her former boss for assaulting her physically and firing her when she complained.
A source, however, has come to Sheridan's defense and told Fox News
that the women issued the statement in order to save their jobs.
"Marc is a Hollywood player," the source said. "They like their jobs and everyone has the occasional odd comment or difficult moment they have to let slide."
The blonde bombshell, added the source, is a "lovely person" while Cherry is an "insecure" man who "every now and then" says things that are "inappropriate to the ladies, who never had the guts to go against him.
None of them reportedly witnessed the incident at the core of the lawsuit. "It was a specific scene that did not include all the women, so the other actresses only heard rumors about something going wrong," the source said. "No one knew if anything happened or if it was just a rumor."
"Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross ... will not bite the hand that feeds them, and Marc is the man with all the power on set."(Image courtesy of ABC)