Eva Longoria Says ‘Desperate Housewives’ Trial Is a ‘Stain’ on Show’s Legacy

by | April 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM | Desperate Housewives, Good Morning America

Eva Longoria of 'Desperate Housewives' (Photo: ABC)

Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday, where she talked with Katie Couric about the high-profile court case surrounding the embattled series as it prepares to end after eight seasons.

Speaking of the lawsuit brought by former costar Nicollette Sheridan, who sued ABC and the show for wrongful termination (and accused “DH” creator Marc Cherry of striking her), Longoria says the trial is “a stain on our legacy as a hit show.”

“I was surprised there was even a trial and that it went that far,” Longoria says. “I love Nicolette, and I love Marc Cherry, and I love our work environment…. That was the soap opera behind the soap opera. It was just unfortunate, the whole thing.”

In fact, Sheridan, whose wrongful termination case ended last month in a mistrial, is still desperately fighting her former bosses, according to Deadline, who reported Thursday that the actress’s lawyers filed papers this week in L.A. Court saying their client deserves a retrial and her claim for damages is valid.

The woes of Wisteria Lane are about to end for good, as the show signs off in May. Longoria recalled her first days on the show before it became a phenomenon.

“I remember sitting in the trailer and [costar Marcia Cross] saying, ‘You know, your life’s about to change. Our lives are about to change,” Longoria says.

As for what’s next for Longoria, she has a new dating reality show in the works.

The two-hour series finale of “Desperate Housewives” airs Sunday, May 13 on ABC.

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