Ashlee Simpson And Colin Egglesfield To Move Out Of 'Melrose Place'

FROM MTV.COM: Her casting made headlines, and the show's launch prompted countless articles, billboards and commercials setting her up as the show's star — but now, producers of the "Melrose Place" remake have announced that Ashlee Simpson-Wentz will be leaving the series, and claim that it was their plan all along.

"We always knew that this murder mystery would end in episode 12," executive producer Todd Slavkin told Entertainment Weekly, explaining the exit of Ashlee and co-star Colin Egglesfield while referring to a plotline that has connected their characters during the ongoing first season. "And we always knew that [Ashlee's] character of Violet would be instrumental in that as a suspect, and [Colin's character of] Augie as well. And once that murder mystery was solved, she would go on her way. That was the original plan going into the development of the show."

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