It took 19yrs+ for Jill Marie Jones, who played the role of “Toni” on the Tv show Girlfriends, to open up that she decided to shockingly stepped out of the show out of personal feelings of not wanting to renew her contract just after the sixth season.
“Girlfriends” was the top trending and culture winning comedy show which had its first air in the year 2000. In the year 2020, the girlfriend tv show all-female lead cast was able to give a celebration of the culture shift introduced by the sitcom just after Netflix got it up and began hosting it on its paid subscription, on-demand streaming online platform. You could also watch similar tv shows on Afdah.
The story portrays a group of four black female friends who had different experiences in life. In view of its culture-shifting narrative, this show has been credited for other similar tv shows like Insecure.
The cast was of quite unknown actors in the Hollywood industry, as this included the likes of; Golden Brooks as Maya, Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan, Jill Marie Jones as Toni, and Persia White as Lynn.
The tv show’s original cast would remain dormant and rigid right until the sixth season of the Girlfriends tv series. This occurred as “Toni” originally known as Marie Jones didn’t return to play her role as Toni for the next two seasons, in view of the quick shock ending of the show way back in 2008.
The show’s original cast would remain the same until season six of the show. This is as Marie did not return to her role as Toni for the subsequent two seasons, ahead of the sudden
end of the show back in 2008.
Looking at an interview with Essence back at the year of the coronavirus lockdown (2020), Marie Jone cleared it out finally explaining as she said in quotes “I left because I wanted to do movies.” Adding, “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.”
Marlie character, “Toni” was a rich black professional with a snobbish attitude and a quick mouth. Her non-return to the sitcom with zero explanation cause a lot of silent chaos, as people believed she left as there was opposition between herself and the lead, Ellis Ross. Looking at that period the sitcom had not earned acclaim it has garnered since, and also that the actors weren’t A-listers, the beliefs and speculations showing a strong hostility continues right until 2020, this was when the cast had a reunion in promotion of the TV shows’ (Girlfriends) availability on the NetFlix platform.