Hayden Panettiere denies wanting Milo Ventimiglia fired from 'Heroes'
"Milo and I are very close," the 19-year-old insists to OK! magazine. "We have enjoyed and continue to enjoy working together."
Earlier, the celeb rag reported that Panettiere refused to share the set with Ventimiglia, to the point of trying to get him kicked off the show.
Although the indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet is an icon for the NBC drama, it's a bit of stretch to think that one person in a strong ensemble cast has the power to change major storylines for such petty, unprofessional reasons.
"Heroes" creator Tim Kring confirms that personal reasons do not sway him or the writing staff.
"The final decision about which characters live and die on 'Heroes' rests with me," he says. "I've made no announcement yet as to who will return and who won't."
Ventimiglia and Panettiere had been dating publicly since late 2007 and split up in February this year.
Since the split, the actress has been linked to a string of men including rocker Anthony Kiedis, 46, her ex Stephen Colletti, 23, "300" actor Gerard Butler, 39, and actor/singer Jesse McCartney, 21.
What do you think? Should one of them leave the show? Who's expendable?