clearing up some of the rumors regarding her sudden departure as Toni Childs Garrett on the number one Africa-American show. The Dallas Darling also lets us in on what she's doing now and IF she plans on returning to It was so much fun playing Toni Childs. I like to think that I'm a pretty nice person, but to be able to play the diva and say some of the things those types of characters say was a lot of fun. Jones spoke exclusively and candidly to and dished revealed the real reason she decided to leave the show, her relationships today with her former co-stars and creator, Mara Brock Akil, and the snide and jive-ass comments Tracee Ellis Ross' made in an magazine article after Jones left the show.
So when the calls went out about the new contracts, Jill gave a quick 'no.' It was her decision.You end the show in like February and then they don't decide if they are going to pick you up because the upfronts until May. I was on the show for six years and I think that's a good run. If I were doing an interview about something I'm working on and someone wanted to ask me something, I have no problem answering it.So why would I take my chair if I thought I was coming back? 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. But for me to make a statement or a rebuttal, to me it's just silly. I wish I had a better answer or could tell you that I even thought about it.and where I ended up is like night and day and that's because of the great cast I had to learn from. Maybe it was a lapse of judgment, maybe I should have called� I didn't really think about it. In a way, I think of them as extended family, like cousins.It's difficult when something has been set up for six years and then something changes. When my call came in to say, "We're going to pick up for another season, does Jill want to come back? I've talked to them individually throughout this, but I don't talk to them on a regular basis. Yeah we do that and it's disappointing, especially when it's Black women, and I don't like that.Clearly, we all wanted to come back to First of all, let me tell you why I left. 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 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.
Then we had to negotiate a contract that doesn't happen until they decide that your show is going to be picked up.
" 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. I've talked to them individually at different times. But are we hanging out and having some wine and cheese on a Saturday night? I just had lunch with Mara [Brock Akil, the show's creator]; we met for a coffee like a month and a half ago. Akil has also had to deal with the sudden departure of Jones, who played real estate agent Toni before deciding to exit the show following last season over reported contract issues. I wasn't aware that he references me, I actually have that album and I'll have to listen to it again.
When the cast first came back for their seventh season, I sent them all, individually, every single person of because I was upset or wanted more money. It's so disappointing that because I wanted to dream bigger or experience something new, it received all this hoopla and drama around it. At the end of last season, Toni had a falling out with best friend Joan, played by Tracee Ellis Ross. As for Jones movie career, she's been busy breathing life into new diverse characters on the big screen with the same fervor and diva-next-door appeal in three new flicks.
Jones’s departure, and her refusal to come back for a farewell appearance, has forced Akil to get creative with the storylines. All she said when we talked was that she felt it was time for her to move on. We've asked her to come back and have offered different ways for her to return.