Fired Housewives Actor: I Did No Wrong
11/17/2005 AT 02:00 PM EST
Kennedy, 28, tells PEOPLE: "The truth is, (producing studio) Touchstone decided to go in a different direction, and they bought out my contract. Everything else people are saying is bulls---. I didn't do anything wrong."
Kennedy joined Housewives this season as Caleb, a character being held in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite, played by Alfre Woodard. Kennedy's character was seen only briefly when the actor was dismissed earlier this month after a "thorough investigation by the studio," the show's publicist, Janet Daily told the Associated Press.
Daily did not specify the nature of the investigation. Veritable unknown Nashawn Kearse – who appeared in small roles on TV's Entourage (as Saigon's cousin), Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Deadline – replaced Kennedy on Housewives.
Speaking to PEOPLE immediately after her client's dismissal, Kennedy's rep Lana Walker said: "I no longer represent him" and declined further comment.
Regarding the split with his publicist, Kennedy says: "My publicist wasn't strong enough to stay with me, so we are no longer working together and other projects have fallen through."
Kennedy, who spoke to PEOPLE from the afterparty for the new Usher movie In the Mix (in which he has a role), also denies that he's been blacklisted in Hollywood. In the works, he says, are an upcoming Boston Legal episode, some prospective movie roles and a rap mixtape that he's recently released.
"I'm moving on," he insists. "There's life after Wisteria Lane."