Axed ER star Alex Kingston has accused the British press of misinterpreting her sarcastic suggestion she was cut from the medical drama because she's too old.

The British actress maintains the hit American series is focusing on landing younger talent, but insists the show still depends on older stars to play authoritative figures.

Her backtracking comments come just days after she moaned to a London magazine that producers and writers refused to renew her contract because she was "part of the old fogeys who are no longer interesting" - but she is adamant her words were taken out of context.

She says, "Statements from an interview I recently gave were spoken tongue in cheek and unfortunately have been taken out of context.

"I regret if these statements have affected the producer, as we are in mutual agreement that the story line for my character had run its course."

Kingston adds she's proud of her eight years on ER playing DOCTOR ELIZABETH CORDAY and grateful for the acting experience.

09/06/2004 17:04