Nicollette Sheridan is ending her reign on The CW’s “Dynasty” reboot. The actress is exiting the soapy series where she plays the scheming Alexis Carrington to “focus on some personal family responsibilities,” the network and CBS Studios confirmed to TheWrap.
“Nicollette Sheridan will be leaving Dynasty in order to focus on some personal family responsibilities,” a statement from the network and studio reads. “She was a valuable asset to the show and we wish her continued success in the future.”
Sheridan added in her own statement: “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 currently airing its second season on The CW. Sheridan has played Alexis on the reboot since halfway through Season 1. The role was played by Joan Collins on the original series.
Sheridan’s final episode will air later this spring. According to an individual with knowledge of production, it has yet to be determined whether or not the role of Alexis will be recast after Sheridan departs, as “Dynasty” has already been renewed for a third season.
Sheridan is best known for her role as Edie Britt on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” She exited that series in its fifth season, after reports of on-set drama with her co-stars on the Marc Cherry-produced drama.
TVLine first reported the news of Sheridan’s upcoming exit.