Director exits TV series following McPhee kissing scandal

MICHAEL MORRIS has dropped out of directing a TV pilot following his kissing scandal with KATHARINE MCPHEE.

The married Smash director was photographed earlier this week (begs21Oct13) locking lips with his former leading lady in Los Angeles, reportedly prompting his wife of 10 years, actress Mary McCormack, to kick him out of their home.

And it appears the drama has bled into Morris' professional life - he has departed a new TV project called Songbyrd, which would have reunited him with Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Songbyrd is a series loosely based on hitmaker Diane Warren's life.

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