Exclusive: Kyle MacLachlan to exit 'Desperate Housewives'

kyle-maclachlanImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABCWisteria Lane is about to lose another longtime resident: Kyle MacLachlan is leaving Desperate Housewives after four years of playing Orson Hodge, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Exit rumors have swirled around the woefully underused MacLachlan for the better part of the past two years. Speculation picked up again after Sunday’s season finale, during which Orson — disappointed that Bree would allow herself to be blackmailed by Sam — abruptly moved out.

I’m told MacLachlan will likely return for an episode or two next fall to tie up the Orson/Bree story.

MacLachlan’s decampment brings to three the number of series regulars coming off the Housewives payroll. He joins the dearly departed Drea de Matteo and Dana Delany.

Thoughts? Is this something that should have happened two years ago when Orson started to drift onto the back burner? Will the return of Mark Moses and the recent addition of Vanessa Williams more than fill the void? Sound off below!

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  • Aaron

    No offense to Mr. MacLachlan, but good riddance. His whole storyline was annoying… Bree was like Sybil with him (“I love you! I hate you! I want to divorce you! I want to prove to you we should be married! The people, the people, the people, the people…”).
    Lately he’s been a snooze.

    • Lisa

      Aaron, I agree with good riddance to the character. The story line he was given with Bree was horrible. I hope Kyle’s next career move gives him better storytelling. Good actor.

      • Marti W

        I agree with Lisa. A dynamic actor wasted with a non-story line.

      • Giustina77

        Yes, absolutely a devine actor. Sad he’s gone, but he deserves a better role.

    • Clishfear

      God I want Karl back :(

      • Yve

        me too… they could have killed orson and let karl live… karl was FUN!!!

      • Delena

        I know! Why didn’t they just kill Orson off in the plane crash, and let Karl live! Karl’s storyline with Bree was the only thing worth watching this season. The stupid writers really dropped the ball on this one. The only thing that might lure me into watching DH next season is the addition of Vanessa Williams.

    • Barbara

      Sorry. Don’t agree with those that were happy to see Kyle leave Desperate housewives. Agree his role diminished, which was a shame. He brought a freshness to show and some real laughs with some of his dialogue. I miss him.

  • Aaron

    No offense to Mr. MacLachlan, but good riddance. His whole storyline was annoying… Bree was like Sybil with him (“I love you! I hate you! I want to divorce you! I want to prove to you we should be married! The people, the people, the people, the people…”).
    Lately he’s been a snooze.

    • Lisa

      Aaron, I agree with good riddance to the character. The story line he was given with Bree was horrible. I hope Kyle’s next career move gives him better storytelling. Good actor.

    • NanCeE*

      Not his fault – the writing was terrible. Just another good character that they failed to use. Katherine, anyone?

      • Zach

        Ooh, I love Katherine.

      • Brooke

        Yay for Dana Delaney getting her own show, but man, I wish she returns for an episode or two. I would LOVE to see Katherine face off with Vanessa Williams’ character.

      • Ben

        The writing has been subpar for more than just last season. It doesn’t look any better when the big setups for next season are the return of Paul Young and some nurse going crazy with babies down at the hospital. I think KM deserves better than this show gave him. I hope his next project fares better.

      • Joe R

        He’s just the latest casualty of Marc Cherry’s inability to come up with a decent storyline for anyone new character after their original storyline wraps up. It’s like Cherry has one great idea for these new characters, then can’t come up with anything for them to do. Mike Delfino after season one, poor Katherine Mayfair, and now Orson. I’m sure there are many more.

    • Clishfear

      God I want Karl back :(

      • Yve

        me too… they could have killed orson and let karl live… karl was FUN!!!

  • Sindy

    At last!!
    I hated what they were doing with his character.

    • Miki

      Me too, once they put Orson in the WheelChair, Orson was done

      • Sindy

        Yep, he was done the moment he became a klepto.
        I loved his character….well i really liked this show.

        They ruined pretty much anyone.

  • Sindy

    At last!!
    I hated what they were doing with his character.

    • Miki

      Me too, once they put Orson in the WheelChair, Orson was done

      • char

        lol. I’m pretty sure he was done the moment he became a klepto.

      • Sindy

        Yep, he was done the moment he became a klepto.
        I loved his character….well i really liked this show.

        They ruined pretty much anyone.

  • kelly

    was dana delany officially released? I thought she was always expected to return even if her series did get picked up — which it did, so i guess this is moot, i just didn’t know she was let go.
    I CAN’T WAIT FOR VANESSA WILLIAMS TO COME ON THE SHOW — I really hope they give her a juicy storyline, she is such an amazing actress.

    • Carrie

      I had heard that we would see Katherine again if her series didn’t get picked up. I assume we will see her again if her new show doesn’t make it.

    • Daniel

      Somewhere (perhaps on Ausiello) Dana Delany officially has a series pickup, so that means she’s ridden off into the sunset to live happily ever after with another gone-too-soon character, Rita from Dexter. *Sniffle

  • kelly

    was dana delany officially released? I thought she was always expected to return even if her series did get picked up — which it did, so i guess this is moot, i just didn’t know she was let go.
    I CAN’T WAIT FOR VANESSA WILLIAMS TO COME ON THE SHOW — I really hope they give her a juicy storyline, she is such an amazing actress.

    • Daniel

      Somewhere (perhaps on Ausiello) Dana Delany officially has a series pickup, so that means she’s ridden off into the sunset to live happily ever after with another gone-too-soon character, Rita from Dexter. *Sniffle

  • froste

    I would assume so.
    they haven’t really given him much to work with.
    And the whole ” I want a divorce ”
    in last ep.
    I won’t miss him.
    I never really liked him, he’s allright. It’s whatevs.

    ALSO
    I HEARD.
    Vanessa Williams is actually going to ditch Desperate Housewives for Body of Proof.
    IS THIS TRUE?
    -_-

    • tvfan

      Dana Delany has ditched Desperate Housewives for Body of Proof.

  • froste

    I would assume so.
    they haven’t really given him much to work with.
    And the whole ” I want a divorce ”
    in last ep.
    I won’t miss him.
    I never really liked him, he’s allright. It’s whatevs.

    ALSO
    I HEARD.
    Vanessa Williams is actually going to ditch Desperate Housewives for Body of Proof.
    IS THIS TRUE?
    -_-

    • tvfan

      Dana Delany has ditched Desperate Housewives for Body of Proof.

  • George

    I never understood why he wasn’t killed off in the plane crash earlier this season…

    • nykolus

      thank you, george!!! it should’ve been him instead of karl!!! the show would have gotten alot more mileage out of bree and karl than bree and orson!!!

      • seriously

        what a stupid, stupid, stupid decision on their part. bree and karl ftw.

  • George

    I never understood why he wasn’t killed off in the plane crash earlier this season…

  • Davina

    I won’t miss him. He was just taking up space.

  • Davina

    I won’t miss him. He was just taking up space.

  • B

    Finally! He was a waste of space. He’s been beyond annoying the past few seasons.

  • B

    Finally! He was a waste of space. He’s been beyond annoying the past few seasons.

  • Daphne

    I miss Rex lol

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