Question: Have you heard any scoop on what really happened to cause the producers of Monk to fire Bitty Schram? — Melissa

Ausiello: Although the company line was "creative reasons," there's talk that Schram was angling for more coin and got a pink slip instead. At a pre-Emmy party last month, I overheard one of the producers discussing this very matter. When asked why Schram was ousted, said producer simply replied, "Life is too short." Interpret as you like.