I don't think it's in the least surprising that the show has spent time and focus (in the freakin' opening episodes of the season, no less ) on introducing a new character, nor that it's general mallet tendencies were compounded doubly in considering a potential new audience who may be less familiar with the show due the different slot in airing. That there wasn't something more specifically addressed to Stella's departure was a bit disappointing, but I was more put off by how it was used to basically service Lindsay's arc than by the brevity of her mention. I think it's also appropriate that the show doesn't spend overmuch time addressing a character who is no longer present, especially when, for whatever reasons, MK was not available to participate in an onscreen exit. As far as respect for the character goes, writing Stella a promotion isn't a low blow, a cheap shot, or what I would consider in any way degrading. That the show had also been hoping for a better resolution in addressing Stella's departure is something to keep in mind. a) I'm curious what they had written in general for the first half a dozen episodes. While dis-satisfaction may have been an issue, it would also seem to be a bit presumptuous to think that potential character direction was the sole and driving factor in MK's decision. b) it's funny how no one seems to think the hook-up was demeaning to Adam c) I think all the characters have taken hits due odd writing decisions at various points. I still see them as symptomatic of larger show (and general tv) issues. I found the Frankie arc devolved into something rather predictable and unpalatable in how Stella was used, for example. The bit with Adam was unexpected and left rather unexplained, but was not destroying of her. I also think the brief commentary between them after the fact was very Stella. (Relative, I still think Messer's seen the greatest shift from who he once was, and not in a good way). d) I understand why some are intent on looking at possible points of contention in why MK may have left, but there may be merit in giving equal credence to the positives of what she may have been making a move toward instead. Mebbe, just mebbe, new projects held an irresistible lure as much as there was any "yuck" as part of the equation. While it may be convenient to attempt to polarize responses into certain camps, I resist that as much as Bandwagoneering of any sort. I respect individual opinions vary, which is why I dislike seeing any boxed and labelled. I offer myself as an example of someone who likes MK, Stella, SW, and Jo. If Stella leaving has led to a disinclination to watch the show, that's more than fair in itself. But I'd also hope that the show might be given a chance and viewed in providing current general commentary or criticism. (I was of two minds of whether to include this in my post, especially as vegaslights has already commented. Apologies if this has overstepped). We do not know how it all went down, or what all factored into the timing nor the decision itself. It's also essentially none of our business. I believe in MK's judgement too. Which means that it sounds like she has some good projects underway to look forward to. And also that CSI:NY, the cast, and the crew, are additionally worthy of my support. I also doubt she'd wish ill on those who were her working family for six years. - As for her appearance on Regis & Kelly. A bud once again sent me a link to what he'd streamed, and no I can't post it. I'm sure someone will have a proper link up very soon . (And since the interview has aired I'm assuming no spoiler box is required). It was fun to see her again. The first bit was chatting about family, the latter briefly about her time on Providence, broadway, NY, writing, and on supporting the Komen campaign against breast cancer, and the three t-shirts she designed with her daughters as part of it. I didn't know she'd written a comedy during season two, which was actually bought but not picked up to air. Seems like writing in S5 further fed her desire to undertake other things after being in one place for a substantial period of time. It did sound as if the lure of writing & other projects were too much to resist, one of which may be on air sooner rather than later, to go by her tease. She looked great, and happy. A short, fun clip.