The stars of Desperate Housewives have defended the show’s creator Marc Cherry in the wake of allegations made by former co-star Nicollette Sheridan.

Last week, Sheridan – who played feisty Edie Britt in the hit Channel 4 US drama – revealed she was suing Cherry for “assaulting” her and contributing to her exit from the series.

Sheridan claimed that Cherry hit her in the face on the Wisteria Lane set in September 2008, after she queried a line in the script.

She then claimed that when she reported the incident to broadcasters ABC, Cherry retaliated by killing off her character in the series.

The lawsuit, which also names ABC, accuses Cherry of creating a hostile work environment on the set and behaving aggressively and abusively towards the cast and the writers.

But it seems that co-stars Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman have nothing but praise for Cherry.

In a collective statement, the actresses said: “It would be irresponsible of us to let the public believe that being a part of this show from its inception has been anything but a blessing.

We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicollette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterise our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite.

“The friendships and support that Marc Cherry, the cast, the crew and the producers have shared for the past six years have made this a wonderful job that we are grateful for every day.”