American Idol alum and Smash actress Katharine McPhee was spotted last week kissing married director Michael Morris and now she’s being called a homewrecker. Katharine, who is married to her manager Nick Cokas, may also have harmed her career when she separated from him. A source told People: “Katharine cares about Michael, but she still cares about Nick too. She didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt.” Unfortunately, it’s too late for her to worry about that. After the photos went public, Morris confessed his infidelity to his wife of 10 years, actress Mary McCormack. She was apparently “blindsided” and subsequently kicked him out of their home. He has also been fired from an E! pilot called Songbyrd that he was set to direct.
PR Director Jamie Krauss spoke with Fox about the affair, saying, “[Katherine’s] likability factor will be seriously tarnished. When female stars act as home wreckers, the American public, but particularly women, tend to sour to them very fast. Look at Kristen Stewart or Leann Rimes or even Angelina Jolie. All of them took a lot of heat for their famous affairs.” However, he believes Morris’ wife may find her career benefit from the affair. “A cheating scandal in Hollywood can really go both ways. Someone like Katharine McPhee will probably be damaged by this but Michael Morris’ wife, Mary, might actually benefit so there’s a glimmer of hope for her. Look at Sandra Bullock.” ~Brie Davis