James Denton Talks Desperate Housewives Finale & Rumored Housewives Feud

The women of Wisteria Lane said their final goodbyes on Sunday night, as the curtain fell on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” after eight seasons.

One of the closing scenes saw original “Housewife” Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) taking one final spin around the neighborhood, as the ghosts of the street’s deceased residents watch over her – including her longtime love, Mike Delfino (James Denton).

So, what did James – whose character was shot to death earlier this season — think of the series’ final episode?

“It’s hard to tie up all of those loose ends, but I think they did a pretty good job,” James told Kit Hoover and guest co-host Andy Cohen on Monday morning’s Access Hollywood Live. “I think it played really well, it’s all about what the audience wants after sticking with us for that long and it sounds like they’re pretty happy. I think [show creator Marc Cherry] did a great job with it.”

After meeting his untimely end earlier this season, as he was shot to death protecting Teri’s character, James said he was thrilled to come back one more time for the show’s homage to the characters who have been killed off.

“The ghost scene was pretty cool,” James said. “People knew that some of us were coming back, but I think they thought it would be flashbacks. But having all of those people there, it’s a lot of great dead actors – from Season 1 to now, we killed 52 people.”

Noticeably absent from the final scene was the ghost of one of Wisteria Lane’s most notable deceased residents – Edie Britt, played by Nicollette Sheridan – who, of course, was involved in the dramatic lawsuit against Marc Cherry and the show earlier this year.

So where was she?

“Yeah, that’s interesting wasn’t it? I think she was booked. She was doing another job that day,” a coy James noted of Nicollette’s absence.

As for the rumored feud between Teri and the remaining “Housewives” – Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Vanessa Williams – specifically, a recent gift from Eva, Marcia, Felicity and Vanessa to the show’s crew, where Teri’s name was not included, James said he wasn’t privy to the details of the much-talked about gift debate.

“I can honestly say I don’t know. It could be as simple as they couldn’t get together on it, but Teri did do her own gift as well, so if she did get left out, she made up for it,” James told Kit and Andy. “I can honestly say I don’t have any idea what the backstory is on the gift.”

Any rumored ill will between the ladies aside, James said his time working with Teri has been nothing but a blessing.

“It’s been the best thing. I worked with Teri almost exclusively and I learned a ton from her. She’s really brilliant comedically, very underrated I think. We’ll have a scene on paper that you’re kind of going, ‘How is this going to work?’ and sure enough, she makes it work,” he said of his longtime co-star. “And she has a great quality where people pull for her on-screen and I benefited from that because they wanted Mike [Delfino] to be her knight in shining armor because they wanted her to be happy.

“Teri was a big, big bonus for me for eight years,” James added.

-- Eric Anderson

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