Jennie Garth has already announced that she won’t be renewing her role as Kelly Taylor on the the next season and now RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that one of the new characters will also be noticeably absent.
Veteran actor and past soap star, Rob Estes, who plays Harry Wilson the school principal, has abruptly and unexpectedly quit the show amongst rumors of contract negotiations falling short of the mark.
“The bottom line is that Rob won’t be on the show next season,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com. “ 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.”
But going on to hint at the real reason for Rob quitting the show, the source continues, “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.”
But another source tells a slightly different story about Estes’ departure. “Rob’s not happy about it all,” the source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. “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.
“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.”
Jennie Garth’s story seems to be a little different though, Randy James, Jenni Garth’s manager, tells RadarOnline.com, “Jennie never had a contract on the show. It was never our intention for her to go on as a series regular, nor was it theirs. She was just doing the show episode by episode.”
“She came onto the show to help them re-launch it and I think that she enjoyed the time that she was on, and they feel she was valuable, but she wants to spend more time with her kids and pursue other projects. She has three young daughters and isn’t interested in that heavy of a workload at this point in her life.”
“Saying she quit the show isn’t a fair way to put it because she was never under contract. When there was a storyline that she enjoyed and fit her schedule, she’d go on and do it. It was a very casual relationship. There were no contract or money disputes at all.”