Katie Jacobs on Jennifer Morrison's House Exit
by David Hochman
September 24, 2009 08:24 PM EST
Just when it looked like House
's original team was heading for a sweet reunion this season, rumors
are flying that Jennifer Morrison, who plays Dr. Cameron, may be leaving the show for good. TV Guide Magazine
spoke exclusively with the show's executive producer, Katie Jacobs,
after word circulated that Morrison filmed her last scene this week for
a final appearance to air in November. Jacobs stopped short of
confirming that Morrison is exiting for good, but she did admit Cameron
is at least taking a leave of absence.
"There is a story coming
that has a major consequence for Cameron and a direct impact on her
role on House's team and on her marriage [to Dr. Chase, played by Jesse
Spencer]," Jacobs acknowledged. The storyline begins after a visiting
African dictator, played by James Earl Jones, receives a controversial
treatment at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital in the October 5 episode.
"Cameron's reaction [to the situation] is that she needs to separate
from her husband and marriage and proximity from the hospital," Jacobs
That's especially sad news for fans of Cameron and
Chase, who waited five long seasons for the couple to get married at
the end of last season. And though House
's original team, which
had been disbanded for two seasons to make way for a trio of new
interns, will be back together for the early part of the season, it's
only a matter of time before the diagnosis-spouting crew breaks up
again. "On our show, actions have consequences and the drama [involving
Jones's character] creates different points of view that force Cameron
to remove herself."
Whether that means Morrison is departing
the show remains unclear. "If I wanted to make an announcement that
Jennifer was leaving the show, I would say that," Jacobs said. "The
fact is, we still don't know how the season is going to end for Cameron
or for Jennifer." As of now, scripts have only been written for 11 of
the 24 episodes. "Unlike Grey's Anatomy
, we don't know in
advance what the last line of the final episode of each season will
be." That said, Jacobs acknowledged that Cameron stops appearing in the
ninth episode. "If you want to tell me what happens in 12, 13, 14, 15,
16 and beyond, please do, because I don't have an answer," she said.
if there is anything more personal in play that forced Morrison to take
leave (for instance, her relationship with Spencer, to whom she was
engaged briefly in 2007 before the marriage was called off) Jacobs said
absolutely not. "We do not have dramas behind the scenes on the show.
This is all driven by the storytelling, and the story tells us Cameron
needs to take a break from the hospital."
Morrison's uncertain future with the show began flying when the actor
did not show up in Hollywood last week for a movie-style premiere of House
two-hour season opener. Yesterday on set, meanwhile, Morrison appeared
calm aside from the usual tension of having to deliver rapid-fire
dialogue loaded with Latinate medical terminology. She said, "The show
has been a gift in many ways. I feel so grateful to have landed on
something with this much intelligence, this much wit and that is so
popular." Still, she made no hint of a departure.
whatever the reason for the upcoming changes involving Cameron, it's
nothing personal about Morrison, who remains a series regular on the
"I will say this," Jacobs said. "Jennifer and I have a spa day planned together."