It was reported earlier this week that Grey's Anatomy fired Brooke Smith - aka Dr. Erica Hahn, heart surgeon extraordinaire and lesbian currently dating formerly heterosexual Dr. Callie Torres. Popular bloggers and television columnists have responded by calling out ABC and the top-rated show for chickening out of the controversial storyline.
The responses from ABC and the show's creators have been controlled, simple and to the point - and obviously all crafted by the ABC crisis communications team.
The fan in me is THRILLED Smith is exiting as her character was boring, had zero chemistry with castmates of either gender and was rude to Dr. Bailey, the best character on television. The public relations practitioner in me has to wonder why clients - even celebs - smugly throw their communications team under the bus when they aren't happy with a decision made by management?
To me, this is part of the reason we are always accused of being spin doctors (although I do concede there are spin doctors out there giving us a bad name too) - because the client portrays us as them!
I am thankful today for my clients - who appreciate the work I do and trust my work on their behalf.