Why Toni Left

- By Bossip Staff

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For all of you who always wondered why Jill Marie Jones left the cast of Girlfriends here is the answer:

First of all, let me tell you why I left. I left because I wanted to do movies. My contract was up after my sixth season and people forget that just like the network can choose whether or not to renew your contract, I can also choose and evaluate whether or not I want to come back. My actor’s chair that has Girlfriends and my name on it, you know the director’s chair? Well, on the very last day of my sixth season, I told them to grab my chair and put it in my car for me. So why would I take my chair if I thought I was coming back? Believe you me, I would tell you. I’ve never made a decision based on money. I was on the show for six years and I think that’s a good run. There’s so much more I want to do in my career and so much more I want to know and learn, but my departure definitely had nothing to do with money.

I wish I had a better answer or could tell you that I even thought about it. Maybe it was a lapse of judgment, maybe I should have called—I didn’t really think about it. When my call came in to say, ‘We’re going to pick up Girlfriends for another season, does Jill want to come back?’ My management and I were like, ‘Thank you, but no thank you.’ So maybe I should have made phone calls, but I didn’t really think about it. When the cast first came back for their seventh season, I sent them all—individually, every single person of Girlfriends—a big bouquet of flowers. I didn’t leave Girlfriends because I was upset or wanted more money. It really wasn’t that deep. It’s so disappointing that because I wanted to dream bigger or experience something new, it received all this hoopla and drama around it. I really just wanted to do movies. It really was just that simple.

There you have it, now everyone can sleep at night.

Via Essence.com

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  • Kellz

    1st

  • Kellz

    The show ain’t the same without her.

  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    Her explanation doesn’t make sense because her movie career hasn’t gone anywhere in two years. Doesn’t she qualify for a “When The Checks Stop Rolling” In segment? Bring your butt back to Girlfriends where you belong girl.

  • PRTTYBRWNGIRL

    of all, let me tell you why I left. I left because I wanted to do movies

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    sooo … why havent i seen any movies with you in them?

  • Candy

    3rd? Good for her

  • Yep I said it

    And now your doing Baileys commercials, what a step up! At least your in the mainstream no and maybe some of those ad will accompany a movie showing on tv.

  • Nikki

    Has she been in anything????

  • Yep I said it

    And now you’re doing Baileys commercials, what a step up! At least you’re in the mainstream no and maybe some of those ad will accompany a movie showing on tv.

  • Wu

    She needs to change her look up a little, to pass the Toni-from-the-show-look, if she’s really looking to get into other things…

  • gap & gucci

    i read this on the other sites, YESTERDAY

  • d.c.

    is it just me or does she sound really defensive? was the interviewer grilling her ass on her departure or what? why in the heck would you not tie up your loose ends when heading off a show that kick started your career??? she’s right though, it’s not that deep, it’s a t.v. dammit! lol….although Kellz is right, the show isn’t the same without her..

  • Harlem Chic

    I loved her in Girlfriends. Now the show just isn’t the same without her attitude. I wish her the best of luck with her career.

  • http://www.dyma.com Dyma

    What a joke.

    She’s been off the show for like two years and hasnt done a damn thing.

    Movies my ass, she left because her greedy ass wanted more money

  • gap & gucci

    PRTTYBRWNGIRL,

    she was in that movie with gabrielle and morris. two can play that game? no. the brothers? no. breakin all the rules? no. the christmas one…i can’t remember the name.

  • DC DIVA

    Movies? Baileys commercials dont count. Ive never seen her in anyones movies. Some ppl should just stick to what their good at, I dont think she would be good at anything else other than being Toni. She’s not that tight

  • Royal Chocolate

    Maybe we’ll see her on some Tanqueray commercials with Tony Sinclair.

  • YUP...I'm blessed

    hey she did 6 seasons. Nobody wants to be stuck in a Role forever and type casted when that show ends. it was a smart move in that, she can try to build a career outside of being known as “Toni” from low rated black sitcom “Girlfriends”

    and what have those others chicks accomplished? Nada.

    I like her answer, very good answer.very classy and non bitter.

    I wish her luck.

  • gap & gucci

    it’s not a smart move. 6 seasons and you already ARE typecast.

    toni is toni.

    rudy is rudy.

    eddie winslow is eddie winslow.

  • YUP...I'm blessed

    plus actress like Tisha Campbell…no matter what she is in we will always know here as Gina from martin.

    Tichina arnold will always be Pam.

    Maxine from Living single.

    to avoid this you try to hope on to other thing hopefully bigger things.

  • Kellz

    And Steve Arkel will always be Steve Arkel. Dude couldn’t get a role after that. He did have a show that was cancelled shortly after it started just because you always see him as Arkel.

  • YUP...I'm blessed

    lol@gap and gucci

  • Kellz

    @Yup

    That being said…that could just mean that these people were excellent in their roles. They played the part. They made it their own. They became the character. The downfall of it…they’ve been typecast.

  • gap & gucci

    yeah, but you have to do this early. and possibly do it while still venturing into other things.

    tichina will always be pam, but she gets raves for everybody hates chris.

    phylicia rashad is a great actress and we know this from other projects she did while and after the cosby show.

    everything rudy was in after the cosby show was so “rudy”. it’s a lost cause.

    if toni’s character in the christmas movie she just did was similiar to toni, then she shouldn’t have taken it. unless she was needing the money because she left a show that wasn’t going anywhere, but still needed her.

  • gap & gucci

    man, i forgot about urkel’s show, kellz

    remember when theo did malcolm and eddie? he wasn’t theo anymore. but now that that’s over, he’s for damn sure not malcolm. he’s back to being theo.

  • PRTTYBRWNGIRL

    @ GAP

    she was in that movie with gabrielle and morris. two can play that game? no. the brothers? no. breakin all the rules? no. the christmas one…i can’t remember the name.

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    she down graded like someone else said this girl aint doin nothing but bally commercials lol

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