Hunter Tylo's former boss asked a judge to throw out the $4.9 million awarded in her discrimination lawsuit after she was fired from "Melrose Place" for being pregnant.

Paul Grossman, a lawyer for Spelling Entertainment Group, argued Tuesday that the December award was excessive and that her pregnancy broke a contract requiring her to play a vixen on Spelling's steamy nighttime soap opera."In Hollywood, appearance is everything," said the lawyer. On "Melrose Place," the actors "all have tight, thin stomachs," Grossman said, patting his own ample midsection.

Tylo's attorney, Nathan Goldberg, said the show's producers acted rashly in firing her when she was only two months pregnant in March 1996. "They summarily fired her before she was even showing," he said.

A ruling isn't expected before April.