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creator Katherine Fugate has been relieved of duty. "
is a fantastic tribute to the real life heroes serving in our armed forces and I'm so happy to have been a part of it," Fugate said in a statement. "With the show such an established hit, now seems like a logical time for me to step away and focus on developing new projects." As first reported by Michael Ausiello for
, Fugate's exit from the Lifetime show may have resulted, in part, from rumored tension between Fugate and Wives
' corporate partners, Lifetime and ABC. In its two seasons, the show has been through three show-runners. Rumors aside, ABC issued a diplomatic statement of its own in the wake of Fugate's departure: "Katherine is incredibly talented and we're grateful for her work in creating Army Wives
. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with her." Will Fugate's discharge affect the show? - Anna Dimond