And I thought that I was such a nice and pleasant fellow.
As for the emoticon, I just found it a bit annoying. Being fired isn't funny. It happened to me a couple of years ago and it wasn't a pleasant experience.
As for my support for the character, well someone's gotta do it and the way the character was treated was among the worst I've seen in a series.
Sources? Well, I find this information quite reliable http://reocities.com/Area51/zone/3939/lien.htm
especially since I've heard the same from some other people as well.
She might have gotten the information about not being wanted anymor shortly before the filming of "Scorpion 2" started, that's not impossible. But obviously she was informed rather late about it.