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Executives at ABC have reporteldy fired television actor Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives, Boomtown) from a job many men would kill for, after he allegedly said no to shooting a steamy sex scene with Virginia Madsen, during production of the upcoming dramedy series Scoundrels.
According to Deadline.com, McDonough, 44, is a deeply religious, married Catholic who has "always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes."
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that ABC is calling the last-minute incident "a simple casting change" -- but an insider told Deadline the network was aware of McDonaugh's boundaries about love scenes.
A source close to McDonough says, "It has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles." The actor will reportedly lose $1 million now that he's being let go from Scoundrels -- a series that's been touted as a high-profile comeback for Madsen, 48, after her success in 2004's Sideways. The series is based on the New Zealand series Outrageous Fortune about a family of criminals who decide to start fresh when the patriarch of their clan heads to prison.
JAG star David James Elliot has since stepped in to replace McDonough in the Scoundrels role.
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