Exclusive: Did CBS derail Cuoco's 'Grey's' gig?

Kaleycuocolucio_lIt appears the case of Kaley Cuoco’s disappearing Grey’s Anatomy guest stint has been cracked!

Although the actress’ rep says an unforeseen “publicity commitment” forced the Big Bang Theory star to back out of a top-secret appearance on Grey’s Anatomy‘s May 14 season finale, multiple sources now tell me that it was her current employer, CBS, that put the kibosh on the deal. An Eye spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment, but as one insider explains, “They didn’t want one of their biggest stars appearing on one of ABC’s biggest shows.”

As a result, Grey’s has tapped former O.C. starlet Shannon Lucio (she played Caleb’s illegitimate daughter, Lindsay) to fill Cuoco’s shoes.

Still unknown: Who the heck is she playing? Some of you initially (and understandably) speculated that, based on Cuoco’s resemblance to Katherine Heigl, perhaps the character is a relative of Izzie’s. That possibility seems less likely with the casting of Lucio… or does it? ABC isn’t spilling, so I once again open the floor to you guys: Do you still think there’s an Izzie connection to this character? And getting back to Cuoco, can you understand why CBS might not be keen on loaning her out to the competition? Sound off below!

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  • mario

    wow, i cant believe CBS would do that…but hey im nto surprised. i expect this from NBC but, not CBS

  • zeliii

    I would have loved to see Kaley on GG! I think it might have something to do with Izzie… They are being very secretive about it and it is the seasonfinal ep soo it must BIG!

  • debi

    See y’all? We knew there was more to this story….

  • tvwatcher

    i’m surprised the episode airs in like three weeks and they haven’t even started filming the scenes she’ll be in. is filming usually done this close to the air date?

  • Niki_NL

    I still think she is a relative of Izzie her mom (Izzie’s) has red hair to.

  • me

    she is playing Izzie’s DAUGHTER people!

  • Tommy

    Totally unfair. I was really looking foward to seeing her on Greys

  • RP

    I kinda think it was unfair, yes. This isn’t the 20s anymore, when studios are all-powerful behemoths… at least, it shouldn’t be.

  • Lisa

    I still don’t get it. Grey’s Anatomy is higher-rated and has better demogrpahics than Big Bang, so why would CBS not jump at the chance to “cross-promote”?

  • Adam

    In a way I don’t blame CBS for stopping her, but I wouldn’t want to piss off one of their biggest stars by stopping her from working on “one of her favourite shows”

    http://tvdonewright.com/

  • Jamie

    Considering CBS’s “borrowed” Sarah Chalke from NBC (and “SCRUBS”) last season to guest on “How I Met Your Mother”, you would think that borrowing Kaley Cuoco from ABC wouldn’t be that big of a deal to CBS.

  • Denisse

    This is not acceptable and i am not referring to the news but to the fact that you are still behind this grey anatomy stuff.
    Could you give us some smallville scoops? pleaseeee

  • Claire

    Grey’s has been on for five seasons. It has established itself and has a loyal fan base. The show is consistently in the top 10 because it’s built it’s core fanbase and demographics. BBT has been on for 5 minutes. You can hardly compare the audiences at this point. Be thankful that at least CBS gave it a decent timeslot. Anything anywhere near 2 and a half Men is going to clean up whether it’s a quality show or not.

  • Jamie

    Jamie previously wrote: “…you would think that borrowing Kaley Cuoco from ABC wouldn’t be that big of a deal to CBS.”
    Meant to say: “…you would think that borrowing Kaley Cuoco FOR an ABC show wouldn’t be that big of a deal to CBS.

  • Chappel

    I think that this might come back and bite CBS on the butt when it’s time for Kaley Cuoco to renew her contract. I’m not saying she’d leave the show but I think it’s possible she might stick them for more money. I would. And she’s well known enough that I don’t think she’d be afraid to leave the series if she didn’t get what she asked for.

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