'Desperate Housewives' Stars Pledge Support for Marc Cherry in Nicollette Sheridan Lawsuit

By Alexis Sezar on April 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES — The residents of Wisteria Lane are standing behind their main man.

Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman issued a joint statement Tuesday pledging their support for show creator Marc Cherry, who is being sued by former cast member Nicollette Sheridan. 

"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," the show's stars said in a statement to People. "We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicollette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment."

"It is, in fact, the opposite," the statement continued. "The friendships and support that Marc Cherry, the cast, the crew and the producers have shared for the past six years have made this a wonderful job that we are grateful for every day."

In her lawsuit, Sheridan claims Cherry "forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head" on the ABC show's set in September 2008. The Golden Globe nominee contends she was later fired after reporting the incident to the network.

The suit, which also names ABC, accuses the producer of creating a hostile work environment. It also mentions Hatcher, claiming Cherry once told Sheridan, "I hope Teri Hatcher gets hit by a car and dies."

The statement added it was "unfortunate and inappropriate" for Sheridan's legal team to have mentioned Hatcher without her authorization.

Hatcher said: "While my adoration and respect for the classic and dynamic chemistry of the characters of Susan and Edie is indelible, I'm honored to stand with Eva, Felicity and Marcia, as a group and clarify that our set environment is nothing less than an amazingly positive experience. I have never felt discriminated against. In fact, I have felt heard and respected by Marc and other executives in regards to both my professional and personal needs."