In April 2009, after five years on the air as one of the original cast members of Desperate Housewives, Sheridan was killed off the show without much pomp and circumstance. Following a cliffhanger in which her character, Edie, crashed her car into a telephone pole and was electrocuted upon stepping out onto the wet road, she was permanently killed off in the first minute of the following episode.
While creator Marc Cherry told TV Guide [via ABC] the reason was that “Edie’s already slept with most of the guys on the street and has caused about as many problems as she could,” Edie herself didn’t agree. Sheridan told the outlet, “Somebody up there really wanted her dead. I think whoever Edie represented in Marc’s life was somebody he didn’t like. And he had a very difficult time distinguishing between fact and fiction.”
Jump to February 2019 and the actress’ fans experienced a case of déjà vu. [SPOILER ALERT!] After less than a year of work on the Dynasty reboot, Sheridan was taken out of the show when her character, Alexis Carrington, was pushed into a fireplace by her long-lost son, TV Line reports.
This time, however, Sheridan offered a more touching reason for her departure, telling TV Line, “Working on the Dynasty reboot and reprising the iconic role of Alexis has been thoroughly enjoyable, but the chance to spend precious time with my terminally ill mother is more important to me right now.”