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CBS’ comedy Mom will go into its eighth season without one of its two leads.
In a surprise move, Anna Faris is exiting the series she has starred in for seven years. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter her departure is not due to COVID-19 concerns; instead she wanted to pursue other opportunities.
Her role as Christy won’t be recast, sources say, and her absence will be addressed in the show. It’s not clear when Faris informed producers of her decision, but the writers weren’t delayed as a result. Production on the Warner Bros. TV show, executive produced by Chuck Lorre, is slated to begin Sept. 14. CBS hasn’t set a premiere date.
“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” said Faris. “I’m so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates 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.”
Early seasons of the show revolved primarily around Faris’ Christy and her mother, Allison Janney’s Bonnie. The show has become more of an ensemble in recent years as Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall and more-recent additions William Fichtner and Kirsten Johnston have had their roles grow. All are set to return for season eight.
The seventh season featured Christy continuing law school while going through a series of romantic misadventures.
“From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy,” said Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions in a statement. “We are so proud of the stories we have been able to tell during Anna’s seven years with us. We wish Anna all the best, and we thank her for her beautiful portrayal.”
Lorre co-created Mom with Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. Lorre, Nick Bakay, Baker and Warren Bell executive produce.
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