90210 Shocker: Dustin Milligan Not Returning!

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Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair, the new woman in charge of 90210, told Michael Ausiello a few days ago that the show's second season would be "significantly" different than the first.

This just in: she wasn't kidding!

Sources have confirmed that Dustin Milligan, who plays lead character Ethan, won't return as a regular cast member in the fall.

The decision is reportedly 100% storyline driven, an insider told Ausiello.

"Everyone loves Dustin. There was just a feeling that the character had run its course."

Ethan Ward Photo

The news comes days after TV Fanatic was one of the first outlets to report that Matt Lanter will be promoted to a series regular next season.

Sinclair also said she'll rely less on 90210 veterans such as Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Tori Spelling to increase ratings.

"The show tried to be a lot of things to a lot of people in its first season," she said. "I think the center lies with the generation of kids that are in high school now. I'm not interested in casting people for stunt value.

"The advantage of having one person - me - [in charge] is that scripts, what happens on the set, casting... it all speaks in one voice."

What do you think of what that voice is saying so far, fans?

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are serious ? what do the writters have in mind ? insanity? it'll became so awkward without ethan. moreover, the relationship he and silver developed will be over out of nothing. be mistake their are doing. silver/ethan would give the show so much audience. they say the character had "run its course", it´s just a false excuse for lack of imagination.


It(He) is not just that ethan goes away, it seems to me to be a bit strange that were very inspired love annie and and this way suddenly already they were not inspired love for anything in one of other one .. I do not see a logical explanation to it. Someone to explain it to me, please?


This show was getting good, and now with Ethan's character gone and all the originals gone? I won't be tuning in....neither will my friends who come over to watch it! BYE BYE 90210!! watch their ratings drop. so sad.


I really like Ethan, Kelly and Brenda..I think it should be Annie and dixon to go..they suck!!
So this means Silver won't be with Ethan!! Nooo!!
but I must admit the last shows are wayyy better so she is doing a good job after all, this Rebecca..I hope the show will focus more on HOT liam (a regular now, yay!), Naomi, Adriana an Silver than boring old Annie and her brother.. she shold have ctashed into that tree!! love her parent's though!! loved them getting high on brownies on the finale!!!




Lets start a petition to keep Ethan if you vote say yes! I save Ethan!


good ain Jordan, lol. There will be less to talk about at school without him! But we still have Ryan :D x


Yeah well said Roxy i love Mr Matthews huge mistake taking Eathan out!




i can not believe you are taking Ethan out of this show. Me and Jordan love him!

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