Colin Egglesfield Speaks Out on Melrose Place Ouster

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Colin Egglesfield is beginning to open up about his sudden dismissal from Melrose Place—and the story he tells differs significantly from the official party line being touted by the CW.

While the show's executive producers suggested on Thursday that Egglesfield and Ashlee Simpson's characters were slated for the chopping block all along when the "Who Killed Syndey" story line wraps up in December, Egglesfield explains to E! Online that the decision caught him completely off-guard.

Says Egglesfield,

"I was slated to be in 10 of the 13 first episodes, but I had a multiyear contract."

So why did Egglesfield suddenly find himself out of a job on Thursday? The actor recounts his phone conversation with the show's producers, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer:

"They were really saddened, and you could tell it was difficult for them to break this news to me. They said it was a network decision, and they said the network thought Auggie was a little too dark, with his alcoholism. They felt like in the landscape of Melrose they wanted to change the tone of the show. So that's the explanation that they gave me."

Egglesfield adds that, prior to that phone conversation, "never any discussion that they weren't sure what they were going to do with me or my character. And it wasn't like I was getting in fights with crew members or punching people out."

Colin concludes by saying that, since his character isn't being killed off, "It keeps the door open for, potentially, my character to come back, but who knows?"

Have your say in the comments section: Do you think the CW made a big mistake by cutting Egglesfield's character, or was it time to move on?

 

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  • Johnny Salley
    Johnny Salley

    honestly, the guy is a jerk. i know that really doesnt matter when it comes to your "job". and for all you gay men out there. collin used to be gay for pay.

  • boulderwoman
    boulderwoman

    Bad move. That man is good on the eyes. Oh well, he is filming on the big screen now. When one door closes, another opens. I'll pay to see his movies anytime!

  • guten tag
    guten tag

    I dont know about the hottest...but... yeah theyre going to lose a lot of viewers because of this stupid move...like it show instability that a show is brand new and already changing cast members...CW shouldnt of gotten rid of either character...who cares if off scene they dont get along...is it not called acting?? or happy friendly times where everything has to be peachy on and off set....weak.

  • sean
    sean

    his character is too dark? i call bullsh*t. what about grand theft and prostitution?if auggie goes for good im done with the show.

  • lizbizz11
    lizbizz11

    Hey. I Am An Openly Gay Man. And I Am Not Lying When I Say This, That Colin Egglesfield Is The Most Beautiful Man I Have Ever Set My Eyes Upon!!!I Have Followed Colin Since He Played The Character Josh Madden On "All My Children"!!!I Feel They've Made A HUGE MISTAKE By Throwing Colin Off "Melrose Place"!!I Mean Isn't That The Whole Point Of Soaps, To Show The World The Wonderful Talents Of These Really Good Looking Actors/Actresses??I Stand Behind Colin 100% -Niz Jensen- Anchorage, Alaska

  • niz09
    niz09

    Hey. I Am An Openly Gay Man. And I Am Not Lying When I Say This, That Colin Egglesfield Is The Most Beautiful Man I Have Ever Set My Eyes Upon!!! I Have Followed Colin Since He Played The Character Josh Madden On "All My Children"!!! I Feel They've Made A HUGE MISTAKE By Throwing Colin Off "Melrose Place"!! I Mean Isn't That The Whole Point Of Soaps, To Show The World The Wonderful Talents Of These Really Good Looking Actors/Actresses?? I Stand Behind Colin 100% -Niz Jensen- Anchorage, Alaska

  • Tony
    Tony

    Not a good move CW. Auggie could have shaken things up a bit. With Amanda coming back, and the tension between him and Riley, it would have made his character very interesting. Not to mention that he is the hottest guy on the show. If his bout with "alcoholism" was too dark for the show than the execs at the CW really don't get the drama of Melrose Place. Also, being that you're shifting characters, bring Sydney back. Killing her off was another dumb move, or is she really dead? Keep Auggie, drop the red head, and I'm not referring to Sydney.

  • Mel
    Mel

    BIG mistake! He was the hottest guy on the show, and I really liked the storyline between him and Riley. Not a good move in the least.

 

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