desperate-housewives-marc-cherry-nicollette-sheridan.jpgIt would seem counterintuitive to think that jolly, gay Marc Cherry, the man who helms “Desperate Housewives,” a show that celebrates women in all their incarnations, could be a misogynist, right?

Well, according to former show staffers, Nicolette Sheridan’s claims of a hostile work environment and gender discrimination are true.

]]>The Daily Beast. “It’s apparent on set that he’s a fan of cute, gay men, not women.” In fact, the Beast’s sources go on to say that Cherry routinely segregated the female writers and kept them out of the final process of polishing an episode script. The report describes his behavior to the female writers saying “Cherry listens primarily to his male writers, and that female writers get ‘a hostile face and a dismissive wave, and a ‘You need to go shut up and sit over there, while I listen to this guy.'” Sources go on to say Cherry can be extremely verbally abusive, beyond what they’ve experienced on other TV sets. One staffer, though, preferred calling his behavior “passionate.” “Marc has a very clear vision of what he wants,” says a former producer. “He’s not a saint, but he’s not a monster.” So, how does his apparent “passion” affect his relationship with his principal female cast members? Apparently, fights most often break out when they don’t like what’s written for them. And his most dramatic fights have occurred with, yep, Nicollette Sheridan, who was very outspoken during her tenure on the show. “Nicollette is someone who very baldly says what she’s thinking,” says a former producer. “And sometimes it might be insulting to the writing and it’s something he’ll take offense to.” Another source goes on to say that Cherry’s relationship with Sheridan got so bad, he began a weekly retort of, “When can we kill her off?” But, what are we to make of Sheridan’s claim that the producer assaulted her? Cast mate Eva Longoria-Parker and other reports have already confirmed the incident involved Cherry acting out a scene with Sheridan in which Edie’s husband slaps her. The former staffers all said that while Cherry can be verbally abusive and discriminatory toward women, they couldn’t see him actually hitting someone with intent to hurt them. They also say that Cherry frequently acts out scenes for actors in order to get his vision across. So while there seems to be some truth to Sheridan’s allegations, do you think that she’s blowing Cherry’s alleged “attack” out of proportion? Follow Zap2it’s Dish Rag on Twitter, @TheRealJethro on Twitter, and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celebrity news and buzz. More Nicollette Sheridan dish: Eva Longoria-Parker speaks out on Nicollette Sheridan vs. Marc Cherry
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