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Hey 2020- stop attacking us! One of my absolute favorite comedies is going to see a huge shift in its upcoming season; the highly-rated sitcom, 'Mom,' which is now entering its eighth season, is losing one of its main characters. Anna Faris, who plays Christy Plunkett, announced she is leaving the series after being there since day one. In a statement to Us Weekly, the 43-year-old actress had this to say:
“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 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.”
She, along with Oscar-winner, Allison Janney, play mother and daughter and have led this show for seven years, leading it to be picked up for the seventh and eight season simultaneously. Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions, and CBS issued this statement regarding Faris' departure:
“From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy. 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.”
The series is set to resume shooting on September 14th due to Covid and will start airing new episodes in November. According to Deadline, the shock of Faris leaving is even harder to swallow because both she and Janney had both signed two-year contracts in 2019. However, we do not know what clauses were in the contracts that may have allowed an out for Faris. If this could potentially have been the last season of 'Mom,' couldn't Faris just stayed? And if comedy is our relief during all of this madness, couldn't she have just given us that? We do not know what goes on behind the scenes as Faris has recently gotten engaged but still. I am not happy about this news and I would love to hear how you think this show will be with her gone.
As of now, Mimi Kennedy (Marjorie), Jaime Pressley (Jill), Beth Hall (Wendy), Kristen Johnston (Tammy), and William Fichtner (Adam) are all still set to reprise their roles and there is no talk of recasting the role of Christy but her absence will be acknowledged. Did she get into a better law school out of state and she's there instead? We will find out soon enough when 'Mom' returns to CBS in November. You can catch up on season seven on the CBS app or on Hulu.