Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Is Leaving Melrose Place
Pop stars shouldn‟t believe that they actually have a chance at being legitimate actors or else they‟ll only taste disappointment. Just ask Ashlee Simpson-Wentz if you need evidence. Jessica Simpson‟s younger sister is officially leaving „Melrose Place‟ after her short acting stint. According to „Entertainment Weekly‟, Ashlee and her co-star Colin Egglesfield have been cut from the CW drama. According to executive producer Todd Slavkin, the decision to cut the two actors is part of “the original plan going into the development of the show. 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.” In a statement released after the announcement, Simpson-Wentz said, “Having the chance to play Violet on Melrose Place has been a thrill. 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.” Simpson-Wentz and Egglesfield took the news “like professionals,” according to Slavkin. “Because they knew ahead of time [that leaving was a possibility], it wasn‟t a complete shock.” Ashlee‟s departure comes just a few weeks after original „Melrose Place‟ star Heather Locklear began filming scenes for upcoming episodes. Executive producer Darren Swimmer reveals her character will have a new love interest for at least three episodes. “[Locklear is] in every episode moving forward. She‟s a major focus [of the show],” Adds Slavkin. So, it appears she will not suffer the same fate as the teen pop idol. Ashlee exchanged wedding rings with fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz in May 2008. They have a son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, together.