There have been reports this week that two cast members of “90210,” Jennie Garth and Rob Estes, are leaving the show.
First, Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) told Access Hollywood, “I’m not really doing it anymore … [Not for] a while.”
Garth said that she has some personal projects she is working on, including a children’s book and she is developing a film with her husband, “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli, according to the report.
“It’s actually a movie that my husband wrote,” Garth said.
Facinelli then gave further information about Garth and “90210” in an interview with Hollywood Life.
“She’s just not doing it anymore,” said Facinelli. “It was one of those things where she was supposed to do a couple of episodes, it went a bit longer and now she’s moving on.”
Garth reprised her role as Kelly Taylor from the 1990s show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as a special guest star in seasons one and two of the new “90210” on the CW network.
“She enjoys being a mother, and being at home. She wants to write more and I support her 100 percent. She doesn’t need to work if she doesn’t want to.”
Garth and Facinelli have three daughters.
It is also being reported this week that Rob Estes, who plays principal and father Harry Wilson, is leaving the show. RadarOnline said there were rumors about a contract dispute.
“The bottom line is that Rob won’t be on the show next season,” a source told RadarOnline. “The producers, the studio and Rob came to the conclusion together that his role had ran its course. There just wasn’t enough for Rob to do because the show is more about the kids.”
One source for RadarOnline said he was leaving on good terms:
“Rob’s an expensive actor and wants to be challenged and it became increasingly clear that most of the penny lifting was going to the younger cast members of the show, who Rob adores. He’s absolutely leaving the show on good terms.”
While another source said that “Rob’s not happy about it all … Basically they couldn’t agree on money and that’s all it comes down to.”
“Rob’s an experienced actor and feels he deserves to be compensated accordingly, but the CW just want to cut costs and they want to reward all these young, hot, up and coming, and therefore cheaper, actors and actresses instead,” according to the RadarOnline source.
“Rob was loving working on the show and was really looking forward to continuing to do so. Plus, to be frank, he needs the money, this is going to hit him hard.”
What do you think about the reports that Garth and Estes are leaving the show? Do you care about the storylines of the older characters? Share your thoughts below in comments.
“90210” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW network. New episodes return on March 9.
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