Salli Richardson-Whitfield Loses Role in Rosanne’s Comedy Pilot ‘Downwardly Mobile’

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who played Dr. Allison Blake in the hit Syfy series Eureka, was reportedly set to to star in Rosanne Barr‘s NBC comedy pilot Downardly Mobile.

In a dramatic turn of events, the actress lost the job after the table readings and was replaced by caucasian actress Tricia O’Kelley. Apparently, Whitfield’s lack of comedic acting is said to be the blame for her losing the gig.

Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as Rose, the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Whitfield was supposed to play new resident Mrs. Denby, the miserable wife of a hedge fun guy who recently lost everything in a Ponzi scheme.

This is another blow to the actress who experienced a setback last year with the cancellation of her critically acclaimed series Eureka.


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