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Ashlee Simpson and Colin Egglesfield Let Go From Melrose Place

Melrose Place Getting a Makeover — Ashlee Simpson Is Out!

Just two months after Melrose Place's debut comes the news that the producers are looking to make over the low-rated series — which means that both Ashlee Simpson and Colin Egglesfield are out.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin reveal that Simpson was always supposed to leave after episode 12. Quiet-but-psycho Violet and recovering alcoholic Auggie will depart with the Sydney murder mystery (which must mean that one of them is definitely the murderer, right?) in January. The hope is to make the show lighter and more fun after the homicide is wrapped up, and though they're losing two characters, several new ones will show up, including Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward and a new doctor in the complex.

What do you think of this news? Had Violet and Auggie outstayed their welcome at 4616 Melrose Ave.? Do you think these improvements can save the show?

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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
This whole show needs to be X out, not just Simpson.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
Aw, I liked Auggie. He was pretty to look at, and it looked like they were finally going to give him a story line. Plus I have to agree with Anonymous there are not nearly enough hot guys on this show. I'm assuming since Auggie and Violet are leaving that cuts out the restaurant so Auggie's boss is out too, and while I like Jonah and David they are both huge whiners. Auggie at least had the good Jake Hanson thing going. * FYI for those of you who didn't watch the first Melrose Jake was the resident bad boy.
Lorelei-LeFae Lorelei-LeFae 7 years
I will like Melrose Place even more without those two.
natabellla natabellla 7 years
I'm so glad Ashlee is leaving the show, her acting is so awful. As for Auggie, he should stay to keep the Jonah/Kiley storyline interesting.
gd101 gd101 7 years
i don't think the show will be better if they leave!!! I shockingly like Ashlee Simpson!!! I don't want to see Auggie go!!! :(
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i had such high hopes for the show and i'm not at all surprised that they are making changes although i AM surprised that they are getting rid of violet. i feel like she was the resident evil twisted girl and you know that the show really kind of needed one of those. oh well. i'm sure that they know what they are doing. it's just a shame for colin since he didn't really expect the change.
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
I agree that the show is not supposed to be light- I think I even heard one of the actors say that the idea behind the show is to be "dark", but not crazy/unrealistic dark. I will definitely be glad to be rid of both of these characters, though.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I am glad she is leaving because she was the worst actress on that show! I will probably find myself getting more into the show now.
fribblesandyoko fribblesandyoko 7 years
Ha! Ironic - I was just talking about how crappy her acting is today with a coworker.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
No hot guys???? Jonah and Auggie are hot
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
THANK GOD!!!!!! although I find it sooo stupid that the reason they gave was because they want to make "the show lighter" not only a lie (it's obvious; the characters are probably getting really bad critiques because they're such terrible actors) but also unfortunate because the darkness of this show as well as the original MP is what makes them good. I am glad to hear this news; though; Ashley Simpson made me cringe every time she was on screen...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
...if they make it to season 3.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm glad that Ashlee is leaving because she is a terrible actress but I don't think that they should've gotten rid of Auggie already. At this rate, the original cast will be gone before season 3 starts.
shafiii shafiii 7 years
support this. maybe i'll even start watching the show again i couldn't stand ashlee's acting!
melx melx 7 years
i think ashlee HAS TO GO, her acting makes me wanna cry (in a bad way). i think colin's hot but won't really miss his character. also, the writers said that the murderer would be a surprise.. and these two are the most obvious suspects! i don't know.. still hope it's neither one of them.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
It doesn't surprise me about Violet, I figured she would leave after the murder was figured out. I didn't think Auggie would be leaving though, I thought there would be more drama between him and Jonah.
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