Drea De Matteo Leaving 'Desperate Housewives'

By Rich King on March 5, 2010

Drea de Matteo, leaving, Desperate Housewives, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2010 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Drea de Matteo is leaving her home on Wisteria Lane.

The 38-year-old actress, who brought her fugitive character to Desperate Housewives earlier this season, will exit the ABC series in May, according to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello.

Series creator Marc Cherry shot down claims that de Matteo was fired, telling the columnist that the East Coast native never wanted a permanent address on the show.

"Part of the deal when we hired Drea was she was only interested in doing one season," he explained. "She has a baby and is eager to get back to her life in New York."

Cherry declined to reveal how de Matteo's Angie character will exit, but did promise that fans won't be disappointed.

"As we build toward the end and we start undoing the many layers of [Angie], everyone will get how brilliant she is," he said.

The former Sopranos star may not be the only departure. There is speculation that Dana Delaney could exit the series for Body of Evidence, an upcoming medical drama on ABC.

Photo credit: Ron Tom / ABC