Charlie Hunnam a No-Show at First Scheduled Public Appearance Since Fifty Shades Dropout

Charlie Hunnam just avoided the possibility of having to address his decision to drop out of Fifty Shades of Grey.

On Wednesday, the actor, 33, failed to make his first scheduled public appearance since the big casting shakeup was announced over the weekend.

Hunnam – who was set to play the erotic film’s lead role, Christian Grey – was slated to attend the Paley Center’s benefit gala honoring the FX network until the “last minute,” an event rep told PEOPLE, without providing any further explanation.