Michael Ausiello
February 03, 2009 AT 06:59 AM EST

Giving new meaning to Hell Week, a major cast-member on ABC Family’s Greek has been pink-slipped. But I have to warn you: This piece of news qualifies as a DEFCON 1 spoiler, as the actress in question figures prominently in a major ongoing storyline. In other words, read on at your own damn risk!

Okay, here we go: Sources confirm to me exclusively that ding, dong the witch is dead. The witch in this case being Zeta Beta beeyatch Frannie, played with wicked zeal by Tiffany Dupont.

Although a rep for the ABC Family hit declined comment, my Greek

mole tells me that Dupont will not be returning as a series regular for

the show’s just-announced third season. The decision, per the source,

was primarily a creative one, although budget considerations were a

factor as well. 

Don’t expect Frannie to go quietly into the night though (as if!).

Casey’s arch nemesis will be featured heavily in the second half of

season 2, which picks up on March 30 where last October’s cliff-hanger

left off: With the evil genius going rogue and forming her own rival

sorority, Iota Kappa Iota.

In light of this news, I’m guessing her plan backfires. Either that or

the ZBZ house falls on her during a freak tornado. Actually, scratch

the Greek tragedy theory: I’m told producers hope to bring Dupont back as an

occasional guest star.

What do you think? Sad to see Greek‘s answer to Alexis Carrington go?

Or was Frannie’s scheming sister act starting to grate? Sound off below!

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