The show might have just started, but Ashlee Simpson is already off the CW’s reboot of Melrose Place, according to People:
The decision to cut the two actors has been “the original plan going into the development of the show,” executive producer Todd Slavkin tells EW. “We felt that once the murder mystery [involving their characters] was resolved, the tone of the show was going to shift … and [Simpson-Wentz's] character would move on.”
The actors’ departure comes just a few weeks after original Melrose alum Heather Locklear began filming scenes for upcoming episodes.
Simpson-Wentz and Egglesfield took the news “like professionals,” says Slavkin. “Because they knew ahead of time [that leaving was a possibility], it wasn’t a complete shock.”
So much for the acting careers of the Simpson sisters. Although I hear Papa Joe has written a few scripts with his daughters in mind. One’s a re-imagining of Gone with the Wind where everyone’s topless on a spaceship while the other’s a western that already has a working title of “Tit Fight at the Simpson Corral.”