10/26/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
came as a surprise that Ashlee Simpson-Wentz
(as well as her costar Colin Egglesfield
) will be let go from the CW's Melrose Place
revamp because producers "felt that once the murder mystery involving their characters was resolved, the tone of the show was going to shift."
But now that the dust has settled and Ashlee has said, "thanks to the CW and the entire cast and crew of Melrose Place
for allowing me this opportunity," it's time to face the harsh reality of the situation: she's really moving out.
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