A Disney Channel spokeswoman confirmed a report in People that Demi Lovato, the star of Sonny with a Chance who took time out to seek help for personal issues, won’t return to the kiddie show that made her a star. The 18-year-old actress told the magazine that “it made sense for me to go ahead and leave the show to focus on my music. It’s kind of sad for me that a chapter of my life has ended but there couldn’t be a better time for me to move on.”
The network already made contingency plans by reworking the ‘tween series. The producers focused on the show-within-a-show, the comedy/sketch/music-variety “So Random!” It will feature guest stars, comedy sketches, musical performances and digital shorts and will bow in June.
Lovato is expected to continue to record under Disney’s label Hollywood Records.