The fact that Ashlee Simpson's "Melrose Place" character has been written off is pissing her sister Jessica Simpson. The older Simpson wrote on her Twitter, "CW catching up on MP. who writes this crap?i have had bad scripts to work with,but this?thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press."
Ashlee is canned from "Melrose Place" after starring in the new series for several episodes in season 1. When the show was promoting its season premiere, her character Violet was made one of the regulars. Jessica had been keen on promoting the show while Ashlee was still attached, reminding her Twitter followers to watch it on Tuesday nights.
Rumor has it, Ashlee was only hired to be the mysterious girl to create some buzz for the show. "But she was embarrassingly bad. Producers cut her down as much as possible," a studio insider told Us Weekly.
Ashlee is not the only actor cut. Colin Egglesfield aka Augie is also heading toward the exit when the season hits January. Exec Producer Todd Slavkin explained the departures have been planned all along and been informed to the actor early. Violet and Augie are only meant to be tangled in the murder mystery of Sydney's death. The show will take a different route next year by making it lighter. This includes bringing back Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward.