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Amy has the last laugh as US sitcom which dropped her is given mauling by the critics

AMY Huberman appears to have dodged a bullet when she was dropped from NBC show Animal Practice.

SHE might have thought that it was the ultimate embarrassment when she was dropped by the show's producers -- but now it appears that being on the programme could have been more mortifying.

The show, which follows the escapades of Dr George Coleman and his monkey side kick Dr Rizzo, has been universally panned by US critics.

It has been deemed by The New York Times to be the "type of low brow comedy that actually makes you stupider".

The review went on to say that Animal Practice crossed the line "between wacky and desperate early and often".

Amy (33), whose hit Comedy Central series Threesome returned last night, was cast in Animal Practice earlier this summer before being unceremoniously dropped by the show's producers.

But it's Animal Practice that's turning out to be a bit of a disaster.

"The cast were upstaged by the monkey," wrote The Hollywood Reporter. But perhaps that's not entirely surprising, given that Crystal the monkey, who plays Dr Rizzo, is the most accomplished actor on set having previously appeared in hit films The Hangover 2 and Night at The Museum.

Crystal has also received more fan mail that the rest of the Animal Practice cast combined.

Amy told the Herald: "It was a whirlwind. I read for the part and then I was cast in it and I was thinking how will I do this? Will I fly back to Ireland? How is it all going to work?"

Barely able to contain his excitement, husband Brian O'Driscoll tweeted at the time "very proud of my wife who's new show Animal Practice has been picked up by NBC Stateside".

But in television things are never that straight forward, and within hours the producers had recast the series and given the part to another actress.

Amy admitted that the experience had shaken her confidence. "I'm not going to say it wasn't a knock for me because it was -- more the fact that it was so public than the job itself. My professional pride was hurt because everyone was saying it was a disaster," she said.

But now that Threesome is back on our screens it's onwards and upwards for the Cabinteely native who has thrown herself back into work since returning from the City of Angels.

Speaking of her LA rejection, Amy said hearing 'no' was something she is well used to. "Listen, I'm an actress. I've been doing this for twelve years. I'm rejected on a daily basis so I'm well used to it," she said.

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