'Desperate Housewives' exclusive: Drea de Matteo to make 'explosive' exit in May

drea-de-matteoImage Credit: Ron Tom/ABCA valuable piece of real estate is about to open up along America’s most popular cul-de-sac — and I’m not referring to Dana Delany’s possible departure: Drea de Matteo is leaving Desperate Housewives in May.

Series creator Marc Cherry, however, insists tabloid talk that the Emmy-winning Sopranos vet was fired because she wasn’t clicking with the cast is not true. “When I heard that stuff, I was stunned,” confesses Cherry. “We adore her. She is the sweetest gal in the world.”

The reality is, de Matteo’s stint on Housewives was never intended to go beyond this season, according to Cherry. “Part of the deal when we hired Drea was she was only interested in doing one season,” he explains. “She has a baby and is eager to get back to her life in New York.”

It’s fair to say de Matteo won’t be terribly missed by Housewives fans, many of whom never warmed to her icy character, fugitive matriarch Angie Bolen. But Cherry believes that has less to do with the actress and more to do with the nature of her story line. “We shielded parts of her character because of the mystery,” he says. “As we build toward the end and we start undoing the many layers of [Angie], everyone will get how brilliant she is.”

Cherry declined to reveal how Angie will exit Wisteria Lane (body bag? plane ticket?). Instead, he teases that the arrival in April of Torchwood’s John Barrowman as the man she has been on the run from will build to “an explosive finale,” during which “all the mysterious parts of her past will be revealed.”

Thoughts? Will you miss Angie? Sound off below!

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  • Renee

    No! I will not miss Angie!

    • UGH

      DH is going downhill fast….I find myself becoming more annoyed as the season progresses.

      • james

        the problem with housewives is that they are doing continuing arcs — whereas the first season was a season long mystery. Instead we get single episode storylines which are not that exciting.

      • dorian1963

        Going downhill? I just don’t get why people watch garbage like this.

      • @ dorian1963

        Well, I don’t know why people who consider it “garbage” waste their time…..AND OURS…..by posting here. GO AWAY!!!!

    • Miguel

      All I really miss is entertainment reporting that isn’t written like it came from the subject’s PR rep.

    • Strepsi

      If Angie goes, can we keep Danny? He’s super cute.

    • LAJackie

      I won’t either but I’m looking forward to a little bit of Barrowman :D

  • Darrell

    Fine with me i dont care for this story line.

  • Caro

    I never thought Drea will stay past this season anyway. Being her contract or not, the characters involved in the mystery never last too long on the show.
    But she will be missed, Drea is fantastic!

    • Sunshiny

      Drea will absolutely be missed – she’s totally fantastic. And you’re right – anyone involved in the developing storylines never stay long.

      • jdaniels

        except Dana Delany but that was just because she was so good! :)

    • not surprised

      They never last…except for Mike, Orson, Katherine (and Bree’s creepy new assistant reminds me of George the pharmacist)…does she even have anything to do with the strangler or is that even related? Those elements dont last.

  • Susan

    I pretty much assumed she’d just be around for a season.

  • Brian

    Who cares? Just bring on Barrowman!

    • Mary

      I’m with ya there! I love me some Captain Jack Harkness!

    • Lilly

      I want Captain Jack!!!!!! Some new eye candy for this show!

    • MB

      Exactly!

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    • Lois

      Captain Jack! I can’t wait for Barrowman to be on DH. But I want even more for him to be Captain Jack again!

    • Wev

      I can not wait to see Barrowman!! I am counting the weeks.

    • anastasia

      haven’t watch the show in 3 years…will watch John Barrowman. and then…never again.

  • D.

    I love her on Desperate, she’s great! I sure will be missing her!

    • chris

      Me & my sister love her 2! She will be missed! :(

  • Jon

    Darn, does that mean Barrowman will only be around for the rest of the season? I was looking forward to John Barrowman as a cast regular.

    • MB

      Seems odd to bring him in for what sounds like a cameo.

      • Cathy

        Not exactly a cameo…6 episodes starting march 21

    • tvfan

      I wish he could stay longer, he is great!!

    • tvgirl48

      Well considering he’s going to guest on Glee and on DH he’s tied to Drea’s character, I’d say it’s a limited run.

  • Kristin

    I loved Drea’s character! I can’t wait to see what happens!

  • MissLobyt

    There’s only one godd thing happened to this show… Drea de Matteo. Now she’s leaving…

    • SERAYA

      I totally agree..I am very pissed of by this new..Drea is such talented and charismatic girl..so sad

      • PHD

        agreed

  • John

    Could we not have spoilers like this on the front page without a warning? Some of us still enjoy a little surprise in our TV watching…

    • Diggity

      what was spoiled?

    • justme

      What something reading “Desperate Housewives exclusive” isn’t enough indication that a spoiler might be involved? Read recaps, blogs much? Even reading the comments of any recap or “exclusive” will and always do contain spoilers :-)

  • KFed

    She’s still on the show?

  • bunker

    I really like Angie, but it makes sense to have her for only one season.

  • Janine

    I’ll miss her. I love her character, but the story line couldn’t have gone any longer then 1 season.

  • katie

    John Barrowman? Please say that he will stay, at least, after she has left.

  • Dominique

    I really like Angie, so yes; I’m gonna miss her. That said, I’m glad we’ll finally learn some more about her instead of having to wait another season or so. I think, after Drea leaves, DH should go back to what it used to be like. There’s too little comedy in this dramedy.

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