Ugly Betty Spoilers: Lindsay Lohan Leaves Early, Why?

From TV Guide: Who was the real Mean Girl on the set when Lindsay Lohan resumed her Ugly Betty run — the tabloid mainstay, or series lead America Ferrera?

The New York Post‘s Page Six column claims that after some indecent behavior — including, perhaps, the forgoing of bloomers for a scene in which Betty yanks down her high-school nemesis’ trou — Lohan was abruptly cut loose from her guest-star turn, which this season was to last six episodes.

A pal of Lohan’s, however, argues to the paper that Ferrera “was mean to Lindsay” and “got her kicked off” the last two episodes she was supposed to film. A spokesperson for Ferrera would only tell the Post, “America is grateful to have had [Lindsay] on the show and thinks everyone should tune in to see how great the episodes are.”

Other online accounts of the alleged on-set squabble claim that not only was Lohan’s visit truncated, but that she is now being edited out of anything that already had been filmed.

Well-placed sources, however, tell TVGuide.com that such “editing” rumors are completely untrue, yet confirm that Lohan’s run will end early — strictly for “storyline purposes.” Summing up the rash of Thursday-morning gossip, one setsider tells us, “It’s all so silly.”

A statement from the show’s producers reads: “[Lindsay] did a great job and we enjoyed having her. Viewers can look forward to her episodes tonight [at 8 pm/ET] and next week.” Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, has yet to respond for a comment.

Kristin at E!Online had more to say about the whole situation:

Lindsay Lohan Booted From Betty

The main driving force for this decision is that Lindsay was not gelling creatively with the series. “She was not so interested in creating a character,” another reliable insider close to Betty tells me. “She was more interested in just playing herself, and that doesn’t work on a show like this with such heightened reality.”

Update: I was originally told that Lindsay’s scenes were cut from what would have been her fifth and sixth episodes, but another source clarifies that everything Lindsay filmed will be aired. And, next week, her fourth appearance on the show, is all they ever shot and edited for Lindsay.

Update: According to sources who work on the show, Lindsay was originally written into an upcoming script of Betty, but she was taken out of that script and the scenes with her character were rewritten.

Producers of the series released a gracious official statement about Lohan, saying, “Lindsay wrapped up her arc, and she’s done filming. She did a great job, and we enjoyed having her. Viewers can look forward to her episodes tonight and next week.”

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