Desperate Housewives Actor Fired

Desperate Housewives Actor Fired
Page Kennedy
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updated 11/09/2005 AT 12:00 PM EST

originally published 11/08/2005 AT 05:00 PM EST

New Desperate Housewives actor Page Kennedy was fired from the hit ABC show on Tuesday, a series spokeswoman says.

Kennedy, 28, was let go Friday after a "thorough investigation by the studio," publicist Janet Daily tells the Associated Press. She did not say what the investigation was about. However, the alleged misconduct didn't involve another cast member, a source close to the production tells the AP.

“Nobody knew this was coming,” a source on the set tells PEOPLE.

Kennedy, who joined Desperate Housewives this season, played Caleb, a character being held in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite, played by Alfre Woodard. Kennedy's character has only been seen briefly – most memorably when he tried to escape his dreary confinement.

The role is being recast, Daily says. Kennedy's final appearance on the show is Sunday.

The Detroit native made his film debut as a bad guy in 2003's S.W.A.T. He appears in the upcoming movie In the Mix, scheduled to open Nov. 23.

Kennedy's rep Lana Walker told PEOPLE, "I no longer represent him” and declined further comment.

In October Kennedy told PEOPLE he was unsure of his character's future on the show: "I don't know what I'm doing in the next episode, much less at the end off the season," he said. "Hey, if I’m out of work next season, hopefully a lot of people saw me so I can move on."

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