Did Heather Locklear get a “devastated” Ashlee Simpson fired?

Actress Heather Locklear is seen for the first time on the set of the new version of the hit TV series, Melrose Place
Less than two weeks ago, Ashlee Simpson and Colin Egglesfield were rather cruelly dumped from Melrose Place by producers. I don’t watch the show, but I’ve heard from multiple sources that Ashlee sucked big time, and was the weakest character and actress. In a report that seemed to originate in last week’s Star Magazine, it might seem that Ashlee was thrown off the show at the behest of Heather Locklear, who Star claimed: “For a sunshiny California girl, she sure has ice running through her veins.” Oh, yes. Because no one can deny a good catfight:

Heather Locklear doesn’t just play a bitch on TV! We hear the seasoned actress, who starred in the original Melrose Place, got into the mother of all catfights with actress-singer Ashlee Simpson on the set of the of The CW’s Melrose revival, as a rivalry ensued over who would be the show’s official “Queen Bee”. When the dust settled, Heather was the last the woman standing, Star Magazine claims in its Nov. 9 issue.

While producers insist Ashlee’s departure is storyline-dictated, production insiders tell Star the 25-year-old wife and mother was railroaded by an envious Heather, who was gunning for Ashlee from the moment she arrived on set for an “Amanda Returns” guest arc airing next month.

“Heather was jealous of Ashlee immediately,” says an insider. “She knew Ashlee was one of the bigger names on set, and she wanted her gone so she could make it her show. Heather is very political and calculating…”

On Oct. 22, The CW abruptly announced that Ashlee along with co-star Colin Egglesfield had been booted from the show. Producers are hoping Heather’s familiar face will be a show-saving draw for the critically-panned and ratings-challenged Melrose 2.0. Informants say that’s precisely why bosses had no problem ditching Ashlee — who will exit her role as Violet Foster — after 48-year-old Heather complained she’d been poking fun of her age to other members of the cast and crew.

“She was a thorn in Heather’s side from the beginning. Ashlee came off as insincere and a wannabe diva….Her lack of talent didn’t help her…She feels like a fool.”

Heather Locklear reprises her role as Amanda on The CW’s Melrose Place Nov. 17.

[From PopCrunch via Oh No They Didn’t]

I might believe this, but I’ve actually seen Heather interviewed many times, and she seems like a total professional – maybe not the nicest person ever, but not the kind of person to burn bridges or disrespect coworkers. GossipCop claims the report is bullsh-t too, but I’ve been wary of Gossip Cop since they seem stuck up Lindsay Lohan’s cracked-out ass. But one story I do believe is this one from the National Enquirer – they claim that Ashlee is “devastated” with her firing, and that her whole life is sort of falling apart:

Pals fear Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is teetering on the edge of an emotional breakdown after Melrose Place eviction. The rail-thin 25-year-old singer/actress is devastated after being axed from the cast of Melrose just two months into the season.

“Ashlee didn’t see it coming, and now she’s crushed,” divulged an insider. “She invested her heart and soul into the job. She feels like the rug has been pulled out from under her.”

The CW network abruptly announced on Oct. 22 that Ashlee’s character Violet was being booted – along with co-star Colin Egglesfield, who plays Auggie. At the same time, the network said it would order a full season of the show. Even before getting dropped by the show, Ashlee was going through a tough time.

“She is struggling to hold her marriage together, dealing with motherhood and practically starving herself to look good,” said the insider.

As The ENQUIRER previously reported Ashlee had been crash dieting and stressing about how she measures up to her gorgeous co-stars. The 5-foot-6 performer, who gave birth to son Bronx Mowgli in November 2008, is extremely thin, and she’s been substituting Red Bull energy drinks and nuts for meals, say those close to her.

“Ashlee’s friends are concerned that she’s headed for an emotional meltdown,” said the insider. “She was desperate to establish herself as a serious actress, but now she’s worried that she’s failing.”

The situation isn’t much better on the home front – Ashlee and rocker husband Pete Wentz, who married in May 2008, have hit a rough patch. The day Ashlee learned she was getting canned, Pete was partying at a charity event while his wife stayed at home, caring for their sick baby.

“Ashlee is jealous of the groupies who throw themselves at Pete, and Pete is frustrated with Ashlee’s obsession with her looks and her career,” added the insider.

[From The National Enquirer]

Don’t you see how this could be true? All of it? Ashlee thinks she’s the second coming of Josie Bissett (sigh… I miss Jane from the original Melrose Place), Ashlee diets herself into oblivion, her husband is too busy getting tattoos of dudes, and everything seems to be falling apart. It totally sucks for her, and yet… I feel nothing, really. I mean, I don’t hate Ashlee, but it is sort of funny. I guess it’s cracking me up a little because this Melrose Place gig wasn’t really that big of a deal, you know? But I could see how Ashlee would be totally devastated. Poor girl.

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  1. GatsbyGal says:

    Well, maybe she should’ve acted better.

  2. Bex says:

    Reality bites. As with so many of these families (Spears, Lohans et al)that push their kids into the spotlight,no matter how media savvy their parents or management teams are, if the kid’s got no talent, people are going to switch off.

  3. Beth says:

    I don’t believe that Heather wanted Ashlee off of the show especially because of her star power. She’s not really known. Besides the producers have been begging Heather to come back for months. She knows she’s queen bee.

  4. Popcorny says:

    Ass-heel had it coming.
    From all that I’ve gathered about this loser it seems she was very quick to use (and flaunt) her newfound fame/position to cut down others.
    This is karma at work … -and an Ass-heel out of work.

  5. Green Is Good says:

    I suppose it would be the height of foolishness to suggest Asslee actually take acting lessons in between her crash diets and hair coloring appointments.

  6. Kerri says:

    Can’t see Heather being envious of Ashley in no way, shape or form. Ashley isn’t the best actress to begin with just look at 7th Heaven.

    Hope things work out for her though.

  7. WTF?!? says:

    If she’s starving herself to “look good”, it’s an epic fail.

  8. MichelleMuko says:

    I believe it. Ashlee is the only other big name on Melrose and let’s face it Heather as bitchy Amanda is old nw.

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    well said, Bex.

  10. Just a Poster says:

    I didn’t watch MP the first time, and didn’t watch it this time either, but maybe, just maybe the story arc was only for a short time, and this is just a big ole publicity stunt for the show?

  11. Kevin says:

    Green is Good, EXACTLY! These ass hats just wake up one day and say I’m going to be an actor/singer/musician and have no natural talent and to augment that take no formal lessons. I have said it before on this site, but Tiger Woods still takes golf lessons. Maybe if she had lip synced her part she would still have a job.

  12. Constance says:

    talentless end up with less.

  13. Neelyo says:

    Thanks for that information about Tiger Woods, Kevin. I didn’t know that.

    I agree with you completely. Wasn’t Asshat originally a dancer? That was probably too much work so she tried singing. And with the help of autotune and some good producers, she became one. Unfortunately there’s no Autotune for Acting. The girl sucks.

    The Simpson Sisters make me long for the days of the Landers Sisters.

    I doubt that Heather Locklear even noticed Simpson.

  14. Kevin says:

    HI Neelyo! I just said that cause Tiger is the best, but really all golfers at that level take lessons if they want to stay on the tour. I would think that anyone who wants to be very good at anything takes lessons or at least practises their buns off. There are very few savants in the world.

  15. mollination says:

    kaiser, it’s funny because Ashlee should have never been allowed to pursue the entertainment path to begin with. She has no talent, but she got in riding Jessica’s coattails (and what’s *THAT* saying, considering Jessica rode in on Nick’s coattails and being a dumb, pretty, reality blond?).

    It’s always funny when someone who should have pursued another path in life, but found themselves an entitled hollywood brat on accident, gets thrown out of hollywood.

    Ashlee, you’ll feel better if you eat more than nuts and redbulls.

  16. Kevin says:

    or red bull nuts?

  17. Susette says:

    I have a hard time believing it, because Heather’s been a pro for a long time. I can’t see her bothering with Ashley.

    As for GossipCop, they have no credibility, either. They’re just the opposite end of the gossip spectrum. Rather than print rumor, they take the word of the celebrity’s publicist. ‘Cause we all know that publicists don’t lie.

  18. Nev says:

    Ashlee’s acting is horrible. That’s why she lost her job.

  19. hmm says:

    I believe that Heather Locklear is capable of this dastardly act and if it’s true then I only have one thing to say: thank you!! Give acting parts to people who actually have talent.

  20. Trey says:

    As a semi-watcher of the new MP and a fan of the old, I have to agree with all the changes. Asslee’s acting was creepy; thinking further about her creepy-pedo acting makes me think she’s a little off irl. She had this manufactured big-eye “I’m so into You” thing going on it made me think she secretly wanted to sodomize everyone on the set, and was just pretending to like anything that dripped out of their mouths to get closer to genitalia.
    Auggie was boring. The only way they could’ve saved his lame but hot ass would be if they had him wear less clothes more often. Surfer/Male Model > Cook

  21. Madisyn says:

    I’ve rarely heard a bad word about Heather Locklear being a diva or a bitch. I’ve mainly heard she was professional and sweet. That said, Ashlee could not act, period. Heather could care less about Ashlee. If Heather were jealous of Ashlee, she’d have to be jealous of most of the cast, as they’re all mostly in the 20’s. Pleeeeze!

  22. Aspie says:

    I once saw a rather nasty video of a drunk Ashlee online once when she stopped at some random McDonald’s in Canada and was so rude and boorish to the staff there. She made fun of the cashier who waited on her and said really obnoxious thinks like “I’m Ashlee Simpson, and you’re just a nobody” and then she proceeded to sit her rump on the counter and prance around like she’s some kind of princess!

    From that point on, she really turned me off with her nasty attitude and I have no sympathy for her.

    Hopefully this situation will teach her a little something about humility.

    If you google “Ashlee Simpson drunk at McDonalds” you’ll find tons of links to the video. Here’s one: http://www.spike.com/video/ashlee-simpson-drunk/2682751

  23. PM says:

    Ashlee had no business being in the show to begin with. The girl cannot sing and rides on her sister’s coat tails. Now she wants to act — what about spending the money on acting lessons and actually gaining some talent for a change? I downloaded her song because I liked her music, but good Lord, I could not bear to listen to her screeching like a scarecrow. Good Lord, the croaking. My ears were bleeding. Lord have mercy on us and save us from such talentless bunch. I would take Heather Locklear any day over Ashlee.

  24. consider this says:

    Heather’s storylines don’t even intersect with Ashlee’s. They met once at table read and then again few days ago.
    This is all BS created by the tabs to see how many of you zombies would believe it. HILARIOUS! Also they said Ashlee and Collin were fired by email. Not true, they were called into the producer’s office. Give the poor kid a break. And seriously? As if Heather Locklear would have someone tossed off a show? She couldn’t and wouldn’t. Can everyone have a reality check pls!

  25. Rosie says:

    First of all, let me say that I think that Ashlee Simpson does suck as an actress, but let’s keep in mind that Heather is an actress. We don’t know what she’s actually like. Maybe the nice, fun loving Heather that we’ve seen on interviews is an act. Can a woman be in Hollywood without fighting for her roles? I would think that you would need to be a bitch. Maybe Heather is more like Amanda than we think. The public only sees what the PR people want them to see. Let’s face it. I can see why Heather would want to be the only diva on the set, but I can’t imagine Heather Locklear being threatned by Ashlee Simpson. Why would she be? On the other hand, Heather hasn’t had a lot of acting options these days has she?