July 29, 2009

Statement from Rachelle!


Exclusive statement from Rachelle Lefevre via Access Hollywood:

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.

“My commitment to Barney’s Version is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for Eclipse. Although the production schedule for Eclipse is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for Eclipse, never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.

“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of Eclipse only the very best.”

I can not believe this :(

- Lorabell

75 comments:

  1. This is SO sad!! I feel horrible for her : (

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  2. How could Summit do that to her!! She was amazing!! Poor Rachelle!

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  3. Okay, this just makes the recasting 10 times worse! I love Rachelle. How could you Summit?!!

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  4. I am so shocked at Summit! I really don't understand why they would do that to her...:(

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  5. What's 10 days anyway? I cannot believe Summit would disappoint all of us Twilight fans? I can't imagine the disbelief and pain Rachelle must be feeling right now. What a shame..

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  6. wow that is total crap. We want Rachelle back!

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  7. We'll miss you, Rachelle! We won't forget you!!

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  8. seems silly - there is more to it obviously.... silly!!! Wonder if she will still do promo stuff for NM?!?

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  9. Wowwwwwww that is really sad...i kind of teared up because Rachelle always came off as so grateful and sincere with the fans and about her role as Victoria...and that is shown here in this statement.....that makes me sad...WTF summit.

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  10. And you hear how Summit respects the books, but what about the series? What about the fans? I love BDH's work, she's great but Rachelle's portrayal was integral to the Twilight series and their fans. I am shocked. When I first read it last night I yelped in excitement to learn that BDH was coming on, but I got so upset when I read on, I thought someone was trying to pull the wool over my eyes... Summit?? I gotta say, shame, shame, shame, if it ain't broke DON'T fix it...

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  11. OK!!!!!! Now we know!!!!!!! The die is cast. And it was cast, by Summit.

    Are we just gonna' sit by like nice little sheep-fans and let Summit mess with us this way????

    Alice's Aunt

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  12. Don't get me wrong.. I am all for having Eclipse made, but if I were a part of the cast I would protest. I think we as fans could most likely do something about it too. There could be more to it then we know, regardless she has became Victoria perfectly and I honestly don't think watching Eclipse on the big screen will be the same with out her in it.

    Let's make a stand! lol. Seriously though.

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  13. How about a petition? Isn't that what people did with Taylor Lautner? Maybe if we get a support statement from a bunch of real people and somehow get it to Summit we can get her back. Filming hasn't started yet...and Twi-hards are known for having big affects on things.

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  14. summit suck!!
    I just can't get believe that they did it to her, she will always be victoria in my eyes!

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  15. Okay when I heard at first I was thinking her conflict was serious like a 20/30 days but 10 days. Come on production team you can make this happen - I'm not happy because that is shady, she wasn't pulling a Terrence Howard, Bravo Housewives, or a Piven, she was in and ready to go - just a little tweaking here and there and they could have made this happen especially for a 3rd in a 4 installation franchise.

    Seriously the money they are saving isn't that much, something they would make back in 22 seconds.

    I'm taking to my twitter account!

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  16. Sucks!!! The saga won't be the same without her! If wouldn't be the same if they re-casted any of the Twilight cast.. Bummer!!! I was so excited!

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  17. Hmmm...fired so that they could have a bigger name for the role? Fired so that they could have Ron Howard's daughter in the film? Maybe Summit want him to direct Breaking Dawn...or maybe he pulled some strings for her.

    Either way...this is disgusting!

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  18. This is complete bullshit.

    I suggest we complain to Summit.

    310-309-8400

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  19. Thats just wrong...someone start petition. I hate to also say i'll boycott Eclipse and it's my favortie book..But Rachelle is amazing as Victoria...i can't image anyone else =(

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  20. When I read that Victoria was re-casted, it pretty much ruined my day. Rachelle is one of my favorite members of the cast. I was really looking forward to her performance in eclipse. And this letter makes it that much worse. What is Summit thinking? To know that she'd given up other opportunities just to stay loyal to Twilight...and they recasted anyway! What IS that?!
    I don't want to judge Bryce before she even has a chance, but I REALLY loved Rachelle as Victoria. She's perfect.

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  21. I think you guys are right, that we should do something .. because to me this whole thing seems very shady coming from summit! Rachelle was one of the most concrete cast members- shes fabulous as victoria.. I liked the petition idea and maybe set up a twitter/facebook/myspace account- 'Rachelle for Victoria'.. would anyone me interested in supporting?

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  22. We should totally start a petition or something! This is ridiculous! Rachelle is Victoria!!!

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  23. Alright guys. Got this from Newmoonmovie.org Seriously guys. We helped Twilight win almost everything at the MTV AWARDS.. Let's do it!!

    TWITTER TO - @DAVID_A_SLADE

    OKAY PEEPS WANT HER BACK?
    WANT RACHELLE LEFEVRE BACK? WRITE TO SUMMIT -

    EFeig@summit-ent.com,
    NKirkpatrick@summit-ent.com
    VMayer@summit-ent.com
    Wyck@templehillent.com
    Paul@pcommgroup.com
    RFriedman@summit-ent.com
    PWachsberger@summit-ent.com
    BHayward@summit-ent.com
    DGarrett@summit-ent.com
    RHohauser@summit-ent.com
    RFay@summit-ent.com
    SNickerson@summit-ent.com

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  24. Yaaahhh this just isn't going to fly. The fan backlash against Bryce is going to make her a pariah. And Rachelle, you will ALWAYS have our support. This is lamecakes.

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  25. ok guys, for everyone who wants a petition, there is already one, we just have to sign it, so here's the link: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleinecpliseyes/

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  26. Thanks for the link. I signed it and now Im gonna spread the word

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  27. This really is bad behaviour by Summit. They obviously don't understand the wrath of the Twi-hards. More fool them
    It's shocking at the fact they didn't even TELL her about it. And it was only a 10 day period. I mean, yeah it's a short time to film Eclipse, But jesus it's 10 days!! She even gave up other chances to be in the Twilight Saga. That's how dedicated she was and then they go and throw her away like that just to bring in a big name. Shame on you Summit. Shame on the director too. He's the one who did the reorganising of times so that the schedules overlap.
    Let's just say I would not like to be one of the bosses at Summit. Because they are in for a world of pain

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  28. sign a petition for Rachelle

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleinecpliseyes

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  29. Complete Bullshit! Rachelle is the PERFECT victoria!! She has said from the begining she was mostly looking forward to bieng in Elipse and doing the Fight scene. grrrrr.I'm so mad.Poor Rachelle.

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  30. I can't believe it! What is summit thinking??

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  31. so upset by this! how could they just do this to her?

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  32. Go to http://act.ly/ce and sign the twitter petition

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  33. Here is the link to petition for Rachelle to come back:

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleinecpliseyes

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  34. Petition link.... pass the word....

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleinecpliseyes

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  35. Dude, that is crap. And that chick looks super old. Must be nice to be born into Hollywood elite where you can get anything you want without having to work for it!

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  36. wow..i am so disappointed in summit right now. They were lucky enough to be the ones to bring "Twilight" to the big screen and they are going to ruin it by recasting characters in the middle of the story...uggh.. so lame.

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  37. Everybody sign the petition and spread the word. message boards, facebook, myspace. Make sure to tell everyone she was unfairly "jipped" out of her part!!

    www.petitionspot.com/petitions/rachelleineclipseyes

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  38. http://act.ly/ce

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  39. *nods*

    I would email, tweet, and sign the petition. Rachelle's been amazing to the franchise in the last year and amazing to the fans. We've a pretty giant and passionate fandom right now...I'd suggest we use it.

    The whole thing...right down to the timing...is very shady. I think that disturbs me more than anything. Summit is making bad choices. I feel bad Bryce is in the middle of it all...but it honestly won't be the same without Rachelle in Eclipse. It's her big finish, man. *frown*

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  40. How embarrassing: I have thought it was PINNACLE. oOOPS. There are 2 aspects: one, Bryce is ROYALTY, I'll bet she didn't even 'audition.' Daddy got it for her.

    and 2. I think David Slade likes blood and gore and wants Eclipse to pull in guys like him. So, as fare as he is concerned, one redhead dame is the same as another. Shame!

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  41. Summit is now on my sh*t list!! this is crazy. did they not think of the fans??

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  42. The phone number for Summit Entertainment is:
    (310)309 - 8400. Let's all call, flood the phone lines and complain like crazy!!!!!

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  43. Come on guys, give your support, I signed the petition :)

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  44. please sign this...:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?rach3cli&1


    it's about rachelle!

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  45. I'm boycotting the movie

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  46. hey anonymous 8:07 are you actually doing that
    if so good

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  47. I cannot believe this--its so lame. It doesn't matter that she is not a top billing actor. That does not mean she is replaceable. I know we don't know the whole story, but really, everyone involved cannot try to find some way to make it work? I don't believe that. I signed the petition--you should too. Shame shame Summit, I'm really disappointed. You know the characters in the books don't change, why should the actors? And btw, she should be getting paid more for Eclipse, it is supposed to be her biggest part in the series--I mean isn't that obvious? Way to go Summit and Slade, way to be a@*holes and make an impression before filming even starts. Wish I could boycott--well I guess I could stand to at least wait to see the movie until after opening weekend--seems that is all they care about anyway...

    Anyone else got ideas on how to stick it to Summit for this?

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  48. twitter is going crazy. rachelle is a treding topic. duuh.

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  49. I really can't believe this either!!

    I hate it when a franchise recasts a role, especially for a movie that's her biggest moment, in this case!

    We love Rachelle, Summit! A gazillion dollars isn't enough for you, you have to re-cast instead of work with her schedule so you'll save a few pennies? Please.

    I will say this, though . . . Bryce Dallas Howard is EXTREMELY talented and didn't get anywhere on her daddy's name alone . . . she is a wonderful actress, and if she does end up with this role, I hope the fan community will not punish her for their disappointment toward Summit's stupid decision. Bryce doesn't deserve that and she would do the role justice.

    However, I definitely hope Rachelle can stay as Victoria . . . she IS Victoria.

    Why don't we start a trending topic on Twitter for tomorrow, July 30?

    Add #RachelleLefevre in your Twitter post and if enough people do that (and spell it correctly, LOL!) it will be a leading topic on Twitter.

    Spread the word!

    And to the poster who said this: (I'm taking to my twitter account!) - - that cracked me up!
    Modern-day warfare = the interwebz, ha haaaa!

    I love it!

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  50. Eclipse is my favorite book too and I think this one of the worst PR moves they could have made right before their second movie. I feel awful for her, and it's such an arrogant move on Sumit's behalf. That they think that no one will care or try to boycott the movies.

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  51. oops, it has already begun. :)
    (on Twitter)

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  52. extremely upset by the news, i don't know how this new victoria will be like, but honestly i don't care to find out. I want Rachelle back!!!!

    I'm hating summit pretty badly right now.

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  53. Last movie Victoria in and this happens. Very, very stupid Summit.

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  54. Ok #BringBackRachelle is number 1 on twitter...and even tho Ted Casablanca is full of it I still hold hope with these tweets from him:

    theawfultruth#summit meeting now about what to do about #rachelle
    4 minutes ago from web

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  55. I love her! Summit this is an epic FAIL! You could have changed her filming schedule to fit somewhere else in the three month shoot. Really bad move...

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  56. One of the biggest killers for me in any series of movies is if/when the actors change. I was really looking forward to seeing more of Rachelle in Eclipse and I am very disappointed with Summit about this change.

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  57. Don't just sit there everyone EMAIL Summit and lets get her back on the movie!! I for one am not going to sit back and watch some new girl in the BIG fight seen!!
    Mandy

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  58. she is an established and loved character dang it!

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  59. if she goes who else can will go next! the fans want rachelle we are the one's paying the ticket! who are they to decide to take Rachelle away

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  60. boycott opening weekends of both nm & eclipse

    see twlightmovie.org comments for red ribbon idea

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  61. oops course i meant newmoonmovie.org

    twi on the brain...

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  62. I can't believe Summit would do this!!! Eclipse was Victoria's shining moment! I'm hating Summit right 'bout now! She brought Victoria to life and is such a charasmatic actor. I believe Summit would first off think this is okay to do to Rachelle and second, okay to do to the twi fans!!!!!

    Summit should know better than to piss off Twi fans!!! >:(
    We as fans (as whole) have a lot of power. Some how we all have to tell Summit that this recasting isn't right and we're not happy about how it was done!!!

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  63. We want Rachelle back!!!!!!!!

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  64. I was sort of nervous about the hiring of David as Director of the 3rd film. This only confirms my concern that his style will really change up the twilight films as we know it. I think it is a rotten think to recast someone who has already played it twice and ready to film the third. She should be allowed to play her character out. I think the person who needs to be replaced is David!

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  65. i had to take some steps away from my computer and have a breather after i read that.
    it seriously made my blood pressure skyrocket.

    i'm just about ready to begin writing my VERY heated letter to summit.

    fuckers.

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  66. Please excuse how long this is. Copy of letter I just sent Summit Entertainment. I'm going to sign the petition next.

    Dear Summit Entertainment,

    I am deeply saddened to learn that your company has decided to prematurely sever the contract with Rachelle Lefevre mid-way through the Twilight saga. The fan base for this franchise is extensive as you are all aware; however the online networking for this fan base is something you may not be aware of. The online community has voiced its strong disagreement to your actions en mass.

    It is disappointing that Summit Entertainment chose to remove the physical embodiment of a beloved character immediately preceding one of the most pivotal scenes in the entire saga. The actions exhibited speak clearly to the fact that Summit is not primarily interested in the quality of the work they put their stamp of approval on.

    The timing was unprofessional and has the fan base wondering which of our other favorite character portrayals will be replaced next. The removal of Rachelle Lefevre was clearly strategic and inappropriate considering that the Twilight saga's record-breaking profits come directly from its supporters. The level of disrespect for your contracted artists is apparent.

    Surely, this decision was orchestrated so that no amount of dissent could change New Moon's successes. Please be aware that any further role replacements will result in boycotting on an equally record-breaking scale.

    Sincerely,

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  67. This makes me more neverous for Eclipse. I was already sceptical with Slade hired as the director, with his previous comments on the saga. Now they replace of one of the key characters of Eclipse? I cant believe this. Rachelle was awesome in Twilight, and I'm sure will be even better in New Moon. She supported the saga very positively. She should not be replaced; she doesnt deserve this. Eclipse is Victorias big book really, and to replace the actress who has played her so well through the previous two movies is just way to risky. I'm very dissapointed with this Summit.

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  68. Who ever claimed Bryce Dallas can act, has obviously not seen the awful "lost of a teardrop necklace". She cannot hold a movie. vision of her on screen was awkward, uncomfortable and echoed straight reading from the script. I felt sorry for her, it was just so bad.

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  69. @Randomly G-Licious thanks for posting this letter, it helps us lazy people! I am using it and emailing Summit, I've already signed the petition. We can get Rachelle back as Victoria, show Summit we care!!

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  70. @Randomly G-Licious great letter =]! This my letter to summit and it's member's which was send 3 minutes ago.

    Dear , Summit Entertainment.
    I would like to discuss about Ms.Rachelle Lefevre being replaced by Ms.Bryce Dallas Howard.I and millions of Twihard's like me disagree with your decision about Rachelle being replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.Summit please let Rachelle finish playing the role of her lovely character 'Victoria' for 'Eclispe' which fliming should start soon.We Twihard's are really bummed about this and the websites that i have visited today has plenty of rude , naughty comment about you.How rude that Summit Entertainment let Rachelle go to the Comic-Con and now replacing her for Ms.Bryce and so much more , not just that.And beacause what you , Summit Entertainment decide yesterday July 28 , 2009 about replacing Rachelle has caused millions of Twihard's on rejecting on seeing the flim 'Eclispe' and for what you decided.It has also caused millions of broken hearts and wish our lovely Rachelle Lefevre , our redheaded Victoria all the luck in the world with her career and will truly miss her in 'Eclispe' and hope to see her soon in the future in other movies.Do you want the obsess Twihard's to start a riot or something just because of our Twilight Rights?For Ms.Lefevre who caught our heart's and attetion.The perfect Victoria , ever!Please think about this decision that your willing to take.Think this through and slowly.just TODAY that this announce came out and published everywhere in the Internet has effected millions of Twihard's everywhere.Think about the obsessive (Twi)Crack fans and the Twilight fan base. , just beacause of Ms.Lefevre leaving the Twilight Saga has made Twihard's to decide willing not to watch 'Eclispe'.This is just the beginning , wait until the end.Yes , I do know were crazy.Each and everyone from the Twilight Cast has touched our heart , and this makes millions of proud Twihard's to have our heart's on our sleeve.This means ALOT to us and if this means litlte to you guys in Summit Entertainment , well you probably will be expecting a riot , many Twihard's coming at you , and i'm sure the Fan Base will be decrease somewhat.In behalf of the Twihard's.
    sincerly,
    yours!

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  71. I just emailed them, will call them and leave a message, and I have signed the petition.

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  72. No way... I knew it... I knew they were screwing her. I am so saddend by this.... Seriously sad.

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  73. This is bullsh*t! They totally snapped up the chance to axe her. That's crap!

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