Despite rumors of a feud that, in part, led to Archie
Panjabi’s exit from The Good Wife at
the end of season six, Julianna Margulies says there’s no bad blood -- at least
on her end.
“There's no animosity on my part,” the 49-year-old actress
said during an appearance at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday.
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“I've heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It's totally
gossip,” Margulies told The New Yorker’s
Joshua Rothman when he brought up the rumors of an off-screen feud between the
two actresses and the final scene with their characters, Alicia Florrick and
Kalinda Sharma, that left many fans unsatisfied. “There's no story there, sorry.
I actually had heard [that rumor] and I feel that it has been talked about and
answered. I feel people just like to have gossip or make something into
something that isn't there.”
Margulies even posited that if it were two males, there wouldn’t
be the same frenzy surrounding the on-screen relationship. “It's a shame,
because I wonder if it was two men, when one finds out that he f**ked his best
friend's wife, if it would get that same attention, you know what I mean,” she
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As for how the controversial final scene was filmed, Margulies would only say that "it was shot the way Robert [King, the show's co-creator,] wanted to do it."
"I went along with whatever he asked me to do," she said, asserting that Panjabi was already filming the BBC series, The Fall, at the time.
Panjabi herself has remained evasive. “All I can say is this: the decision-making process is not something I’m privy to,” she told E! News over the summer, telling ET that it was "a question you have to ask the producers."
But the actress -- possibly provoked by her former co-star's comments -- responded on Twitter. "The Fall was not even in production at that time and I was in New York ready to film the scene!" Panjabi posted.