Demi Lovato Leaving 'Sonny with a Chance'

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It's the end of an era: Demi Lovato has announced that she will not be returning to her popular Disney Channel show Sonny with a Chance.

"I don't think going back to Sonny would be healthy for my recovery," Demi tells People magazine. "Being in front of a camera would make me nervous." Demi recently completed a three-month in-patient treatment program for issues with self-harm and an eating disorder. Why did Demi decide that now was the time to leave her hit show?

"It's kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn't be a better time for me to move on," Demi adds. "It made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music." Demi was recently spotted leaving a recording studio near Los Angeles, adding further fuel to the rumors that she is working on a comeback album.

As for the future of Sonny, the Disney Channel announced earlier this year that they would be temporarily morphing the show into a Demi-free sketch show called So Random!, named after the show-within-a-show that Demi's character stars in. At the time, Disney reps said that the decision was to give the 18-year-old actress enough time to recover from her emotional issues. (It isn't rare for Disney Channel shows to change their names from season to season.)

"We respect Demi's decision to focus fulltime on her music and not immediately return to her acting career," a rep for the Disney Channel said in a statement to People. "She is a talented young woman and our hearts are with her as she continues to take action to improve her health and bounce back from adversity." New episodes of So Random! will premiere in June.

Check out Demi in a Sonny sketch from 2010 below.  

Demi checked into an in-patient treatment center in November of 2010 after abruptly dropping out of her Camp Rock 2 South American tour with the Jonas Brothers. At the time, there were murmurs about how Demi's treatment would affect her future with the clean-cut Disney Channel but the Texas-born star has turned her private problem into a chance to raise awareness about eating disorders amongst young women.

While she may be leaving her Disney Channel show, the star isn't severing all ties with Mickey Mouse: She will continue to record under the Disney-backed Hollywood Records and she will most likely continue to star in the uber-successful Camp Rock movies.

Demi isn't the only Disney star to leave her show – BFF Selena Gomez recently announced that her show, Wizards of Waverly Place, will be ending its successful four year run after this season. Miley Cyrus and the JoBros also recently ended their shows on the Disney Channel, although it isn't clear if they will cut all their ties to the kid-focused network.

Sonny with a Chance first premiered on the Disney Channel in 2009. The show also stars Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight and Brandon Knight.

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  • Gabriella
    Gabriella

    At least she will be working on her music and ever since Sonny With A Chance, Wizards Of Waverly Place, Suite Life On Deck, and So Random finished I havn't been watching disney much but at least disney still has Good Luck Charlie

  • mr unknown
    mr unknown

    does anyonenow if she did her music video la la land before or after she left sonny with a chance

  • OH MAN
    OH MAN

    I love Sonny With A Chance but that last episode in season 2,I wanted to Sonny and Chad comes back to being couples.But no Sonny with a Chance,no peace.

  • Zanele
    Zanele

    Ahh thats so sad i rely wish the wudnt i leav disney nd wifthout em it wudnt b th sym i wish the was a way i cud change they mids plz dami sorandom nids u we stil nid u plz i rely lve it wen u wr in sorandom is the enythn we cud do to change ur myd thes stil a lot of episode nt done plz cum back.

  • NAEELA ADAMS
    NAEELA ADAMS

    SHAME :( :( :( DEMI IS LEAVING DA SHOW I WILL DEEPLY MISS HER AND SELENA GOMEZ..........BT I UNDERSTAND HER DECISION THEY GETTING OLD SO DISNEY CHANNEL SUCKS NOW BADLY.............................!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOPE DEMI AND SELENA'S SINGING CAREER IS AMAZING AND ENJOY YOUR LIVES FROM YOUR BIGGEST FAN NAEELA!!!!!!!!!!!!........ ADAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!................USE ARE SO AMAZING TALENTED HOPE EVERYTHING GOES WELL FOR UU DEMI..........HOPE AND PRAY UU RECOVER SO UU CAN CUM BACK 2 LIFE HOPE SELENA SUPPORT UU THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH AND IS THERE 4 UU

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia

    That sucks :/ I dont think it'll be as funny as it was before without sonny.

  • Amilia
    Amilia

    I loved Sony with a chance I didnt no that it finished I watched the first so random today and I was like weres Demi so I typed it in and found out I think that demi should come back I like her but it's her own choice nothing good Is on Disney channel now really fish hooks no phones and fern no way Plz come back demi and when she was going out with sterling knight the new episode were the best . Plz come back

  • bridget
    bridget

    ikr :( all the good shows left I HATE SO RANDOM ITS BORING KNOW I LOVE THE OLD ONES I HAT DISNEY CHANNLE KNOOW:(

  • Bethanni :)
    Bethanni :)

    In a way, i see your point about the fact that Demi could finish the season of Sonny With A Chance as i wanted to see what happened to Sonny And Chad (I'm 12), but although the show won't be the same without her, there'll still be so random. And she is also right, as i said before in my other comment, that returning to SWAC may not help her to a recovery. And as a fan of her, i'd rather she was happy in her music creer, than being stressed out and i dare say unhappy (Although i think she was happy there) in Sonny with a Chance. xxxx

  • Bethanni :)
    Bethanni :)

    Wow. Sonny With A Chance is over... That was one of the best shows left on Disney Channel! i've been told The Suite Life is going, That's So Raven closed a long time ago, and Hannah Montana and Hannah Montana Forever is finishing! i've also heard Wizards and Jonas are ending soon? What does Disney Channel have left? I don't even know what Fish Hooks is meant to be, Shake It Up is okayish, Kickin' It is good, and i guess Good Luck Charlie is funny. But Demi's right that returning to SWAC won't help her on her way to a full recovery, and her music is awesome, so i guess as a fan i respect her decision!! xoxox love you Demi! <3

  • sarah
    sarah

    omg ilove u so much i cant believe your leaving im stuck with wizards of waverly place i hate it i hate selena gomes shes a loser she also looks like a monster please DEMI if u leave youll ruin my life. I HEART DEMI LOVATO PLEASE DONT LEAVE WE ALL LOVE U!

  • sarah
    sarah

    so sad

  • diamondsmith
    diamondsmith

    i am so sad

  • Shanaea Baker
    Shanaea Baker

    Well sonny is leaving but the show is going to be called so random, my friend watched it on utube and she said it sucks without sonny! ....

  • Lexi
    Lexi

    Well, the article says only temporarily change it and it said that it isn't uncommon to see shows change names from season to season. It also pointed out that the plan was to do this until Demi recovered. Maybe Disney Channel isn't so hopeless. But like That's So Raven, Lizzie McQuire, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and the first two seasons of Hannah Montana, I will miss Sonny.

  • efeff
    efeff

    the suite life on deck is gone ,hannah montana sucks, sonny with a chance is gone well only wizards of waverly place is left

  • Aleana Jones
    Aleana Jones

    my daughter watches her and looks up to her. I actually think she is being really selfish, why now after all this time say she is shy infront of the camera's like seriously why now? and she said she can go on with camp rock movies, what is the diffrence she could have at least stayed for another season and finished sonny with a chance. this isn't a good example for little kids she is basically saying give up when you want to and thats the end of it. I bring my daughter up to believe that if she wants something really bad she will go for it! not go for it get to it then damn quit. and demi lovato is a bad example for kids role models the same with Miley Cyrus smoking a bong in public and taking naked photo shoots the only good disney star I havent heard anything bad about is selena gomez she is the brightest out of them all and looks like the smartest to suceed in this world. I just think disney channel needs to check these people and have a contract of some sort with them before they put them out there!

  • Good Luck Demi
    Good Luck Demi

    Demi is amazing. It's sad she's leaving Sonny With A Chance. It was the only show that made me smile. But with her extraordinary acting (like in Grey's Anatomy), she should be part of a new show/movie appealing to older audiences. I look up to her.

  • Somebody
    Somebody

    It is a shame that Demi's leaving "Sonny With A Chance". It was one of the few shows that entertained me... well.. the only show really.. But I respect Demi's decision and hope for the best in her recovery. Unlike what some people may believe, I think that Demi's not COMPLETELY reliant on Disney. I mean, from her role in one episode of Grey's Anatomy, you can see she's got huge talent. She even won an award for that role! She should be fine. :)

  • Sin
    Sin

    What little career she had is gone now if she does leave Disney.

  • Joanna
    Joanna

    I seriously think it sucks that she won't return for another season of Sonny With A Chance. This was one of the few Disney shows that actually entertained me. Her humor was totally out there and funny, and I'll miss that, terribly. Disney is now going to the dogs. Jonas LA, Hannah Montana, Sonny With A Chance, The Suite Life on Deck, and even Wizards of Waverly Place are over. What's left? Good Luck Charlie (though that show is the only show on Disney about a regular family... and it's pretty funny, too)?! Still, all of the good shows are now gone. Fish Hooks is terrible; Shake It Up sucks; and the new series ANT Farm seems to be a bit of "...eh" to me. Oh well. Looking forward to her music.

  • idaolivia
    idaolivia

    :( sad

  • Katarina Beslic
    Katarina Beslic

    Not Sonny With A Chance too :( Now i'm gonna be stuck with Wizards Of Waverly Place.