Charlie Hunnam just avoided the possibility of having to address his decision to drop out
of Fifty Shades of Grey
On Wednesday, the actor, 33, failed to make his first scheduled public appearance since the big casting shakeup was announced over the weekend.
Hunnam – who was set to play the erotic film's lead role, Christian Grey – was slated to attend the Paley Center's benefit gala honoring the FX network until the "last minute," an event rep told PEOPLE, without providing any further explanation.
A few of Hunnam's TV costars did show up at the Los Angeles bash, but avoided doing most interviews, including Katey Sagal, who performed two songs at the event with The Forest Rangers.
Still, a few folks managed to take dig at the Fifty Shades
controversy. At one point, presenter Aisha Tyler complimented Hunnam and Sagal's looks, just before her onstage cohort, Paul Scheer, said, "That's the Fifty Shades
I'd like to see!"
cast mate CCH Pounder told PEOPLE at the event, "I had some very intimate scenes with him in the last week, and [his plans to drop out of the project were] never brought up. He's fully concentrated on what he's doing now."
Although not spotted publicly in recent days, Hunnam was photographed at a pal's wedding
the day the news broke. He served as best man, kept close company with his girlfriend and seemed in good spirits.