"Jimmy quits the show after one season, and the next thing he knows it is being leaked that he was fired. He left on his own. He was not fired," the friend told today's New York Post.
The friend went on to charge that the producers had "retaliated" against Marsden for the actor's decision to quit. Another friend commented, "If someone is fired, they can get a bad reputation and it can hurt their future work."
The Post quoted a spokesman for producer David E. Kelley as denying that he had anything to do with the leak to the magazine.