When it was announced last month that Stacey Dash would be leaving the hit VH1 ensemble drama Single Ladies, after only one season fans of the hit show were shocked.
Now after much speculation about behind the scenes fighting and rumored firings, Dash released a statement to Global Grind about why she’s exiting the hit cable series. "I truly enjoyed playing Val on Single Ladies, but I have decided to leave the show,” she says. “I have to be back in L.A. with my children right now and the Single Ladies shooting location makes that impossible. I wish VH1 the best of luck with the show and in maintaining the strong fan base we developed in season one.”
VH1, which just recently renewed Single Ladies for a second season, countered with this statement: "VH1 respects Stacey’s decision and her commitment to what she feels is best for her family. We thank her for all of her hard work in making Single Ladies a success right out of the gate, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future plans."
Dash portrayed Val, a fashion store owner, who, like her three female friends, was looking for love. So far, no cast addition announcements have been made for the ensemble series.
The second season of Single Ladies is set to premiere in 2012.