smash-season-2-raza-jaffrey-jaime-cepero-smash-rumor-nbc.jpgGood news for Ellis haters everywhere! The annoyingly devious assistant played by Jaime Cepero on NBC’s “Smash” is expected to leave the show, reports Also out: Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) cheating fiance Dev (Raza Jaffrey).

Sources say the two will not be back as regulars in the show’s second season; however, it’s possible that one or both could return for an episode or two to wrap up their story lines — but nothing more.

The network had no comment regarding the actors’ reported departure, but NBC would be wise to ditch these two. Fans were put off when Dev cheated on Karen with her arch nemesis Ivy (Megan Hilty), and nearly everyone has loathed Ellis and his meddling since the show’s inception.

Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that two other regulars have also been cut from Season 2 — Brian D’Arcy James who plays Julia’s (Debra Messing) husband, Frank, and Will Chase who plays Michael. Here’s hoping that means Julia’s son, Leo (Emory Cohen), is out too.

NBC plans to delay the return of Smash till mid-season.

Do you think the show will be better without Ellis, Dev, Frank and Michael?

Posted by:Jennifer Harper