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'Desperate Housewives' Cast Reportedly Had Multiple Backstage Quarrels

Daniella Segell
Sep 22, 2021
03:00 P.M.
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"Desperate Housewives" was a series that was watched and loved by millions all over the world. It was one of the shows that will go down in history, and there are still many people who rewatch episodes from the show to this day.

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However, while the tight-knit group of friends seemed to have nothing but love for one another on-screen, behind the scenes, their relationships with one another were not always as warm and friendly as they appeared on the show.

There were alleged feuds between some of the cast members throughout the series that none of the fans ever knew about until all the sordid details came out years after the show had wrapped up filming for good.

Desperate Housewives Cast circa 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

Desperate Housewives Cast circa 2012 | Photo: Getty Images

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DESPERATELY FEUDING

If you ever watched the series "Desperate Housewives," you will know that it is about a group of friends who were brought closer by the death of a mutual friend who lived in their street. The show was filled with scandal and surprises, but the one thing that remained constant was the friends' love and support for one another.

Behind the scenes of the show, the relationships between these women were quite different, though. Although their chemistry and friendliness translated well from the set to the screen, these women were simply excellent actresses as they did not much enjoy spending time with one another.

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The "Desperate Housewives" cast on the set of the show in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

The "Desperate Housewives" cast on the set of the show in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

One of the first scandals to happen on the show was when Nicolette Sheridan filed a lawsuit against the show's creator, Marc Cherry, after being killed off. Sheridan claimed that it was because Cherry had assaulted her during one of the tapings of the show.

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Cherry clarified in court that the alleged assault had been nothing more than a tap of his fingers on Sheridan's head to illustrate to the actress how she should act out a gag. The case was ultimately thrown out of court.

Nicollete Sheridan kissing the SAG Award that the show won for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Nicollete Sheridan kissing the SAG Award that the show won for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

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Once that scandal had been cleared up, others began to emerge. One of the most apparent scandals on the set was that certain actresses were "bullying" Eva Longoria because she was a new actress on the scene.

It is said that with the help of Felicity Huffman, this actress (who has never been named) came to an abrupt halt with her bullying of Longoria. However, she did make it clear that she wanted nothing to do with any of the actresses on set after that.

Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Nicollete Sheridan on an ABC Press Tour in LA, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Nicollete Sheridan on an ABC Press Tour in LA, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

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After a couple of years of filming, one actress refused to talk to anybody but directors while they were on the set. Unless they were speaking to another character as their character, they didn't interact with the other actresses. Cherry has said that this had at times made filming impossible. However, he has also said that it made it hilarious because of how annoying it all was.

One of the other scandals that happened within the cast was Felicity Huffman's well-known college admissions scandal. However, this scandal occurred long after the filming of the show had ended.

FOREVER FRIENDS

While some cast members found it difficult to interact with the others or even talk to them when they were on set, there are other members of the cast who have remained friends until today.

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Felicity Huffman, Marica Cross, and Eva Longoria pose in the press room at the SAG Awards, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Felicity Huffman, Marica Cross, and Eva Longoria pose in the press room at the SAG Awards, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria remained friends long after the show's filming ended because Huffman defended Longoria when she was a newcomer on set. Longoria even wrote a letter in Huffman's defense when she went through the college admissions scandal in court.

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However, while Longoria has revealed that "99%" of the show's cast has stayed friends over the years, she has not once mentioned Teri Hatcher or Nicolette Sheridan. Many have noted this, and it is assumed that these two cast members are not friendly with the rest.

The cast of "Desperate Housewives" poses with their SAG Awards at the 11th Annual SAG Awards, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

The cast of "Desperate Housewives" poses with their SAG Awards at the 11th Annual SAG Awards, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

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Other than that, the show's creators and the cast that was in the show from the years 2004-2012 have remained friendly and support one another in all of the endeavors that they have taken part in throughout their careers.

Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan have each gone their way in their careers, and it is clear that they make no contact with the rest of the cast of the show. However, just because Sheridan and Hatcher didn't get along with their costars does not mean they got along well together.

Teri Hatcher poses with her SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series for "Desperate Housewives" at the 11th Annual SAG Awards in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Teri Hatcher poses with her SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series for "Desperate Housewives" at the 11th Annual SAG Awards in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

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Sheridan once told one of the show's creators that Hatcher was "the meanest woman in the world" because she was interacting with her costars on and off the show's set. It was apparent that Hatcher was problematic on the set.

It has been said that when the ladies did photoshoots or press conferences together, those on set were advised not to let Hatcher go to wardrobe first or to make her feel as if she was the star of the show as this would cause trouble with the other women.

REVELATIONS

While the show was running, it was clear from interviews and interactions, including a magazine cover captioned "You wouldn't believe what it took just to get this photo," that the cast was not the best of friends.

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Felicity Huffman, Brenda Strong, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan pose together after winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the SAG Awards in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

Felicity Huffman, Brenda Strong, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan pose together after winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the SAG Awards in 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

However, during the show's eight-season run, there was no mention of exactly what was going on behind the scenes between the cast. Everyone knew there was a rift, but nobody knew why or who the frontrunners of the feud were.

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Once the college admissions scandal with Huffman happened, both Longoria and Marc Cherry penned letters in support of Huffman's character. Longoria described how Huffman saved her from her bully, and Cherry described how Huffman still greeted her every morning when a problematic actress decided she would no longer speak to her costars.

Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher pose for a promotional photo for "Desperate Housewives" in LA, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images

Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher pose for a promotional photo for "Desperate Housewives" in LA, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images

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When the college admission scandal started, it had been years since the show wrapped filming, but the letters from Cherry and Longoria contained all the saucy details about the feuds that went on behind the scenes.

While the show was incredibly popular, fans had no idea what was happening behind closed doors and loved every second of the series while on-air. This is a testament to the acting skills of the entire cast of "Desperate Housewives."

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