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Was Rosalind Chao essentially booted from DS9 because she's a bad actress or was it because she's asian?

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Forum icon  ForumsReference Desk → Was Rosalind Chao essentially booted from DS9 because she's a bad actress or was it because she's asian? (replywatch)

I heard from a friend that Keiko was removed from DS9 on her "botany assignment" because she's asian. I told him he was crazy - I thought that it was because she was a bad actress - they had to get her off of the show somehow. Anyone know if my friend is right? The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.18.101.241 (talk).

Uh, no, that's not right. She was never "booted" from the show, she appeared at least once in every season according to her article, usually multiple times. 31dot (talk) 12:10, April 2, 2014 (UTC)
Chao never had long term contract with DS9 and so she only appeared intermittently as a semi recurring character as she had done in TNG. It meant that she would work in other shows and so on. In the early seasons of DS9 although Chao wasn't around much she was mentioned as teaching by Jake and Nog as well as being talked about by Miles. So it seemed she was there more than she actually appeared. The writers decided to write Keiko as leaving the station to work as a way of expanding the Miles/Julian relationship which was something they liked (and they wanted move Julian away from being seen as harassing Dax). This meant that Keiko was talked about less by all but didn't affect the frequency of Chao's appearances. Lt.Lovett (talk) 19:18, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

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