Sara Ramirez attends the WorldPride NYC 2019 Opening Ceremony at Barclays Center on June 26, 2019 in New York City Source: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Sara Ramirez Confirmed as Fired from 'AJLT' – but Not for Pro-Palestine Politics

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 3 MIN.

Non-binary actor Sara Ramirez has indeed been fired from "And Just Like That...," a report confirms, though not for the reasons Ramirez alleged in a lengthy social media post.

The former "Grey's Anatomy" star had suggested in an Instagram message posted the day after the Emmy Awards that they were being dropped from the show as it heads into a third season, and implied the reason for it was their pro-Palestine stance. They also seemed to suggest a double standard when it came to treatment of LGBTQ+ actors without a large "platform."

"But a source close to the show ridiculed the suggestion, claiming Ramirez's head had been 'on the chopping block since last season' because their character 'held no value anymore' and was 'annoying,'" UK newspaper the Daily Mail reported.

"Cynthia [Nixon] has been incredibly vocal about her support for Palestine and for her being an open lesbian," the source pointed out, referring to one of the show's trio of main cast members who came back to the "Sex and the City" sequel to continue the story of female friends in Manhattan.

Nixon, with co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis, along with a number of cast members in recurring roles, is expected to return when the series comes back for a new season, probably in 2025.

"Sara needs to accept that this is not 'Grey's Anatomy,' and her character was not a pivotal part of the storyline," the source told the Mail.

Ramirez played a non-binary comedian named Che Diaz during the show's first two seasons. Fans were divided when Nixon's character, Miranda, discovering she was not heterosexual (or not strictly heterosexual, in any case) began an affair with Che, eventually splitting from her husband, Steve (David Eigenberg), a fan favorite.

The short-lived romance fizzled early in Season 2, however, and Che's storyline became one about their travails as a comic with a sputtering career.

But it wasn't just Miranda's midlife divorce and new sexual path that fans objected to; many also disliked Che as a character.

"Sara was not fired because they support Palestine and the cease fire," the source reportedly told the Daily Mail. "Sara was fired because Che brought nothing to the show anymore. They were on the chopping block since last season."

The source went on to add, "After Che split with Miranda, the character really held no value anymore and fans found them annoying. The storyline as a struggling comedian was a waste of airtime and Sara knew it."

As previously reported, Ramirez called Hollywood "duplicitous" in their post and wrote, "While they give awards away, casting directors and agents are making blacklists of actors and workers who post anything in support of Palestinians in Gaza to ensure they will not work again."

In the post, which went up the day following the Emmys, Ramirez said: "While they lift up some of their own clients who have spoken up against this genocide, they are firing and letting others who have smaller platforms go."

Ramirez also seemed to level charges of pinkwashing, adding: "While they award 'lgbtq orgs', they are silent on those orgs ties to weapons manufacturers who are currently supporting the Israel military as it commits genocide on Palestinian lives that include LGBTQIA2S+ lives."

Saying that awards such as the Emmys "are shiny and people need to pay their rent or feel special and powerful," Ramirez declared, "we are beyond the 100 day mark on this 'war' that has been acknowledged by many, including the ICC, as a genocide."

"It's wild how performative so many in Hollywood are," said. "Even more performative than the last character I played."

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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