According to reports, David E. Kelley’s decision to fire four of the actors from his show “The Practice” came as a complete surprise to them.

“No one knew they were going to be axed,” said a source in one report.

Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kelli Williams, Marla Sokoloff, Chyler Leigh and Lisa Gay Hamilton got word from Kelley that they will not be returning for the next season.

The source also claims that when Lara Flynn Boyle got her call, “she was screaming and crying and freaking out.”

The firings have been attributed to massive budget cuts, one report stating that the show will only receive half of the $6.5 million budget given to them in previous seasons.