Say it ain’t so! After seven seasons starring on the beloved CBS sitcom, Anna Faris is bidding farewell to Mom, Deadline reports. Faris’ abrupt departure comes on the heels of Mom preparing to film Season Eight, which will begin production September 14th in Los Angeles.
According to Deadline, Faris was in the middle of a two-year contract alongside fellow lead Allison Janney. Both actors signed contracts in spring of last year. Additionally, Faris’ swan song was finalized during the show’s hiatus, with the writers already penning the new season sans her character Christy. Faris had this to say regarding her exit:
The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career. I’m so thankful to Chuck [Lorre], the writers, and my amazing cast mates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.
Mom first premiered on CBS September 23rd, 2013. The Chuck Lorre project has incessantly held solid ratings over its seven-year tenure. It follows an estranged mother and daughter who move in together as they struggle with their addictions. They foster a close circle of friends who also travel along the path of sobriety with them.
In addition to Faris and Janney, Mom also stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, and Kristen Johnston. Not much is known about the reason behind Faris’ decision to exit the series.
Now, I’m usually not a fan of traditional “laugh track” sitcoms. However, Mom is a different beast from your typical studio audience comedy. It’s rife with plenty of heart, humor, and an innovative premise. Both Faris and Janney have delivered award-worthy performances these past seven years. Faris’ Christy will be sorely missed.
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