Martha Plimpton has admitted that she was "disappointed" her Raising Hope character Virginia stopped smoking.
Virginia decided to kick the habit in the second episode but the actress explained that it was not her choice.
Plimpton told New York Magazine: "I thought [the smoking] was a fantastic element of the character. Part of the reason I wanted to do the show was like, 'This is ballsy. People aren't doing this on television'.
"But the fact is that television is television and you have an audience that you want to titillate without offending. And it's true - cigarettes are disgusting and they kill people and we don't want to encourage their use, but at the same time you want to be creatively free to sort of tell a story about characters."
Plimpton also revealed that she asked the writers to include future scenes of Virginia smoking.
"I encouraged and wanted them to write into an episode that Virginia would get caught sneaking, relapsing," she said, adding that no-one quits smoking as easily as Virginia did.
"Like, 'Of course, she's just magically without cigarettes!' But even the hint of that, I think the network just didn't want to go for. And I completely understand it, I totally get it, I have no argument with it really, at all. But yeah, I was a little bit bummed, like, 'Oh, darn it. That was fun'."
The new season of Raising Hope, which will feature appearances from Greyson Chance, will premiere on September 20 on Fox.
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Watch some clips of Martha Plimpton in Raising Hope below: