In somewhat of a shocker, after seven seasons leading the hit CBS comedy series Mom, Anna Faris has abruptly exited the show, who features Allison Janney as her co-lead. Janney, along with co-stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, and Kirsten Johnston are still expected to return with production of the eighth season not delayed at all.
Set to commence in just under two weeks (With no premiere date is yet set), it's possible Faris had informed the writers ahead of time and only chose to reveal her departure before production when it could be leaked. Also, there are no plans to recast her role. Her departure is reportedly not due to COVID-19 concerns but rather a desire to pursue other opportunities. With her departure announced, Faris released the following statement:
“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career. 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.”
Interestingly this is the third show of Lorre's where the lead has departed for some reason or another, following Charlie Sheen's departure from Two and a Half Men and Roseanne Barr's controversial departure from Roseanne (Which has been continued as The Conners). At least this time, there doesn't appear to be any animosity. Stay tuned!