This isn’t the story I was hoping to write at all. After an interview hinted at Victoria Principal’s possible return to Dallas, the actress confirmed today to Deadline she would not be returning to the show…ever.
Last week, Dallas star Jesse Metcalfe set off a firestorm while previewing storylines in a recent interview with TV Guide. “As we peel back the layers of the onion, a lot of things come to light. J.R. was attempting to set something in motion, and that involved Pam. I can’t reveal more, but I’m excited about the possibility of Victoria Principal coming back to the show.”
In an exclusive statement sent to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Principal issued the following:[textblock style=”6″]”Since the inception of ‘Dallas’, the creators and fans around the world have referred to Bobby and Pam, as the Romeo & Juliet of ‘Dallas’. I could not agree more. And since the original author of this scenario, William Shakespeare, felt compelled to make theirs a tragic love story, of epic and unforgettable deathly loss, I think I shall respect that very successful example, and leave the legacy of Bobby & Pam’s tragic love story, undisturbed and intact.
When I filmed Pam’s fatal car accident, for me that was the punctuation mark on my role as Pam. I cannot be held responsible for any choices made by producers, once I left ‘Dallas’, but I do take responsibility for my decision, not to risk tarnishing Bobby & Pam’s love story, with a desperate reappearance. I made this decision a long time ago with a loving and respectful heart for ‘Dallas’, Bobby & Pam and all faithful fans.”[/textblock]
Are you disappointed by this news? Were you hoping that Principal would be reprising her role? And now that she’s flat out said she isn’t interested in returning would you be upset if the role was recast? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.
My Take: I am deeply saddened by this news. While on one hand, I understand why Principal wanted her love story to end as a tragedy, it didn’t, they changed the structure of the story to the point that it is now an unfinished mess.
I love Principal, and I very well may get flamed alive for this, but the character of Pam is needed on the show, and considering Principal hasn’t been seen on the show in nearly three decades I say it’s time to recast. There are plenty of out of work actresses that would kill in the role and as they say “the show must go on.”