Newcomer Hired on Desperate Housewives

Newcomer Hired on Desperate Housewives
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11/10/2005 AT 08:00 AM EST

Veritable unknown Nashawn Kearse will replace actor Page Kennedy on Desperate Housewives, who was let go from the ABC show by its producers on Friday.

Kearse has appeared in small roles on TV's Entourage (as Saigon's cousin), Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Deadline as well as in the movies Taxi (as a cop in Harlem) and Marci X, according to Variety.

Kennedy, 28, was dismissed after a "thorough investigation by the studio," the show's publicist Janet Daily told the Associated Press. She did not say what the investigation was about.

Kennedy, who joined 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.

Kennedy's final appearance on the show will be Sunday. His rep Lana Walker told PEOPLE, "I no longer represent him" and declined further comment.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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