'Melrose Place' Says Bye Bye to Violet and Augie

'Melrose Place' Says Bye Bye to Violet and Augie

The executive producers said that Ashlee Simpson and Colin Egglesfield knew the plan since the beginning of the season and took the news like professionals.

With the good news comes the bad news. Ashlee Simpson and Colin Egglesfield will be let go from "Melrose Place" after a January episode, something which is announced right after the show received a five additional episodes order. In an interview with EW, exec producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer explained the exit and revealed that it had been their plan all along.

One thing that contributes in the characters cut is the "Who murdered Sydney?" storyline. The killer will be revealed in a December episode and after that, there's not much left for Simpson's Violet and Egglesfield's Augie. "Well, we always knew that this murder mystery would end in episode 12. And we always knew that character of Violet would be instrumental in that as a suspect, and 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," Slavkin explained.

Slavkin denied though that letting go the two characters is due to the struggling rating. "Well, I understand that perspective," he said. "None of us foresaw the ratings; there's nothing we can do about that. All we can do is write and produce the best show we know how. It's fine to speculate, but in the end there was always a plan."

Rest assured, the return of Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward will be their focus this time around. "A long time," Slavkin said about how long she'll be on the show. "She's in every episode moving forward. She's a major focus [of the show]. She has a hidden agenda that will become not so hidden as the episodes move along. She's not just the boss of Ella."

In fact The CW has started airing the TV spot that promotes the comeback.

© AceShowbiz.com



    Dec 11, 2009

    i wish augie wasnt let go! Violet i dont mind because after we found out who killed syndey, who needs her. Augie should stay and romance with riley since riley and jonah are broken up :)

    Nov 19, 2009

    LisaL71 u are so RIGHT! You people are stupid stupid stupid if you get rid of the best looking person on the show. Augie is FINE! I love his character as well. I watched the original Melrose Place since the first episode when I was a little girl and I never saw anyone on there that could compare with him. KEEP HIM!

    Nov 05, 2009

    I have to say it was upsetting to here that Augie is leaving the show. I agree he is extremely attrative and great on the show. I think the show is making a big mistake by letting Augie and Violet go...I do not care that they dont get along with the others on the set fix that she is a great character for this show. I am an original from the 1st Melrose place and didnt think I was going to watch this one but these two are a major part in this show...If anything get rid of the charachter Jonah.

    Oct 25, 2009

    Please do not get rid of Augie him and michael are the reason i get into the new melrose place. Please Keep Augie please he is Smoking hot

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