While Melrose Place has been renewed for next season despite middling ratings, not everyone will be coming back: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield‘s characters will be dropped from the CW drama in January. Though the show producer Todd Slavkin tells Entertainment Weekly that Ashlee’s character was always meant to have a limited run, it sounds like no one knew her time would be this brief. “[Simpson-Wentz and Egglesfield] are total professionals and they took [the firing] like professionals. When you go into a show you never know what’s going to evolve and what the possibilities are. But because they knew ahead of time [they could be dropped], it wasn’t a complete shock.”
Ashlee certainly has her game face on about it. “Having the chance to play Violet on Melrose Place has been a thrill,” she said in a statement. “Although I always knew her story would come to a final, insanely unpredictable end, playing a creepy, unstable character was something I always wanted to do, so I jumped at the chance. Thanks to the CW and the entire cast and crew of Melrose Place for allowing me this opportunity.” Look at it this way, Ashlee. Even if ratings are low, they wouldn’t announce your departure unless they thought people would want to tune in to watch you…leave.
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