"Ashlee was kicked off Melrose Place because she was a total diva on set, late all the time, and deeply disliked by fellow cast members. It created a lot of discord among the cast [and] she could barely act," a source told Fox News.
The source also suggested that canning Ashlee meant the show had more money to meet the salary demands of legendary Melrose Place-r Heather Locklear, who has reprised her role as Amanda Woodward on the show.
"They basically trimmed the fat and made it possible for Heather to join the show. Heather is a much bigger name than Ashlee," the source said.
Jessica Simpson rushed to Ashlee's defence following her sister's sacking, calling the show 'crap'.
"Who writes this crap?" she Twittered.
"I have had bad scripts to work with, but this? Thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press.”