'Fifty Shades' loses its 'Grey'

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  • Charlie Hunnam leaves film version of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
  • Why did he quit?
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After six weeks of being flailed by online critics, fetishized by suburban erotica fans, and tied down to a major film franchise, Charlie Hunnam has finally uttered his safety words: "I quit!"

The star of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" officially bailed on his role of billionaire S&M enthusiast Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaption of the erotic novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

All of Hollywood is wondering why an actor would bail from a role that promised to give him an automaticticket to the A-list (and into the fantasies of women all of the world).

In its statement announcing Hunnam's departure, Universal Pictures cited his "immersive TV schedule" -- something absolutely no one believes because a.) Hunnam's "Sons of Anarchy" commitment was no secret when he signed on and b.) this is Hollywood.

But there's an even larger question: Who will replace Hunnam as the sexy Christian Grey?

The great debate tonight on Showbiz Tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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