Nicollette Sheridan Leaving Dynasty

In a bit of unexpected news, The CW and CBS Television Studios released a statement yesterday to TVLine that stated “Nicollette Sheridan will be leaving Dynasty in order to focus on some personal family responsibilities. She was a valuable asset to the show and we wish her continued success in the future.”

Sheridan has appeared on the hit series for little over a year now, joining the show partway through season one. She played the role of troublemaker Alexis Carrington, which was originated by Joan Collins in the original series. The role was a popular one, which is why the announcement seemingly came out of nowhere and shocked fans of the show. It was also announced that Sheridan will make her final appearance in March, and that while the role may be recast, no decision has yet been made. This of course is the third major cast departure in the last year, with Nathlie Kelley and James Mackay both leaving suddenly as well. Kelley’s role was of course recast. 

Sheridan did release her own statement shortly after the studios broke the news, saying “Working on the Dynasty reboot and reprising the iconic role of Alexis has been thoroughly enjoyable, but the chance to spend precious time with my terminally ill mother is more important to me right now. I am profoundly grateful to Mark Pedowitz (The CW) and David Stapf (CBS) for graciously allowing me to return to Los Angeles to be with her, and I wish them and everyone associated with the show nothing but continued success. I am hopeful that my fans will embrace my successor with as much passion as they embraced me.”

Dynasty is expected to return in the fall for a third season.

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