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George Eads Takes a Leave of Absence From "CSI" After Sparring with a Writer, Who Happens to Be Pregnant. Why Is That Detail Important?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 28, 2013 |

George Eads, one of the original cast members of the long-running CBS procedural, “CSI” will be taking what is called a temporary leave of absense after a heated exchange with a writer who was eight months pregnant. Per THR:

Eads was unhappy with the creative direction of his character, sources tell THR, and clashed with an eight-months-pregnant co-writer of a recent episode. Word of the incident is said to have gotten back to showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and resulted in a meeting that ended with Eads threatening to quit. A rep for Eads declined to comment.

Here’s what’s odd about the statement. 1) If Eads threatened to quit, why would he be granted a leave of absense? 2) I suspect characters get in heated exchanges all the time. What is about this argument that led to a leave of absense? And 3) WHY IS THE WOMAN’S PREGANCY STATUS IMPORTANT?

Why would anyone feel the need to make this about that? Did Eads call her fat? Did Eads yell at her fetus? Did Eads say something specific to the writer’s pregnancy? If not, then that shouldn’t be a salient detail. If it’s relevant, then say so. If her pregnancy is not, it shouldn’t be, because it frames a story about an actor upset with direction of his character as an hot-headed actor who yells at pregnant women, who everyone now probably thinks is an abusive asshole instead of a guy unhappy with the show.

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