‘Utopia’ star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants

09.03.14 3 years ago

“Utopia” star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants
“It was clearly crossing the boundary of what was in her contract and what we thought was creatively important for the show,” says Simon Andreae, chief of Fox”s alternative programming. “So, we sadly had to let her go and that's the sum of it.”

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Fox creates a 22-minute special explaining “Mulaney”
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Brittany Murphy”s dad defends slamming the actress who”s playing his daughter on Lifetime
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