I don't "buy" this!!
Too Old 'ER' Leading Actress Fired!
In case you wondered how old you have to be before you're considered "old," the answer is 41. At least, that's what British actress Alex Kingston thinks. She tells the BBC's Radio Times listings magazine that her contract as Dr. Elizabeth Corday will not be renewed on the aging NBC drama series "ER" because she's too old.
Do you think she looks too old?
Kingston, understandably, was "shocked and upset" by the news. But she wasn't at a loss for (bitter) words. She zinged it to the show's producers by telling Radio Times, "Apparently I, according to the producers, the writers, am part of the old fogies who are no longer interesting. Does it mean that I am the geriatric being pushed out because she is too old?" Maybe. It could also be her $150,000-an-episode paycheck. The newer and younger actresses on the show aren't making nearly as much. Even Kingston acknowledges this. "I am sure there must have been some financial feeling behind the decision not to renew my contract," she grumbled.
Kingston has been a staple of Thursday night's fictional Chicago emergency room since 1997. But in recent times she said she has become "deeply unhappy" with the show and felt her character, who is now a widow, was being utilized less. "There was a point where I had to find out what was going on and that was when the producers said they would no longer renew my contract," she told BBC's Radio Times. "It was a shock and upsetting, but it is just your ego that is upset."