Confirming recent rumblings, Anger Management producer Lionsgate has announced that Selma Blair‘s days as therapist Dr. Kate Wales have abruptly come to an end, just as the FX sitcom reaches the midway point in shooting its 90-episode second season.
“Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management,” reads a brief statement from the studio, “and we wish her the very best.”
TMZ had reported earlier this week that upon returning from a production hiatus and amid depressed ratings (cue Monday-night showcase on mothership Fox), Blair openly complained about series lead/executive producer Charlie Sheen’s work ethic (or lack thereof). After Sheen got wind of the criticism, he allegedly fired the actress and refused to shoot if she showed up for work.
UPDATE: Our sister site Deadline reports that Sheen fired Blair via text, and that she was not the only cast member — just the most vocal — to complain about his work habits. Her role will not be recast; instead, a new female character will fill the void as the show quickly revamps upcoming scripts to stay in production.
Blair has been with the show since its summer 2012 premiere, playing the fictional Charlie’s therapist and “friend with benefits.” In her absence, TMZ claims Sheen wants Mila Kunis for a 10-episode arc.
Episode 25 of Anger Management‘s second season airs this Thursday at 9:30.Follow @rebeccaiannucci