Anna Faris is saying goodbye to the sitcom Mom. After seven years, she’s officially leaving her role a Christy Plunkett behind.
“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” Faris, 43, said in a statement to Us Weekly. “I’m so thankful to Chuck [Lorre], 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.”
As the series enters its eighth season without Faris, Plunkett’s absence will be addressed, though it’s unclear how at this point. This is typically how several shows end up handling character departures. Famously, when sitcom Roseanne returned to air, it became The Conners after the titular lead was written off.
Faris’s departure appears to have come as a surprise to Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions. The trio released a joint statement to Us Weekly.
“From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy,” the studios said. “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.”
Faris’s role will not be recast, according to Warner Bros. Production on Season 8 is set to begin on September 14, though the episodes won’t air until November. There was no further reasoning given for the actress’s departure. She was, however, in the middle of a two-year contract to continue creating Mom. There are shakeups in the entertainment business quite often. This could simply be one of them.
[H/T: Us Weekly]