Colin Egglesfied Talks ‘Melrose Place’ Departure

Now that the news has broken of Colin Egglesfield and Ashlee Simpson being bumped off Melrose Place, Colin is chatting with E! Online about his feelings about leaving the show.

Egglesfield explains, “[They said it] was a network decision and obviously the ratings aren’t what they need or want them to be, so they’re going to try things to shake things up…they said the network thought Auggie was a little too dark, with his alcoholism.” Colin says it was explained to him that his talent wasn’t called into question, but that “in the landscape of Melrose they wanted to change the tone of the show.”

With one last episode to shoot on Monday, Colin said of all his co-workers, “But hey, I’m still friends with them, and I’d just like to say to everyone out there who’s been watching and supporting, thanks from the bottom of my heart, because this is something that I love to do.”

Gallery Info: Colin Egglesfied at The PaleyFest & TV Guide Magazine’s The CW Fall TV preview party.