All good things must come to an end. After seven years of starring in the CBS comedy Mom, its star Anna Faris (The House Bunny) has left the show according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mom is an American sitcom that first aired in 2013 and is preparing to shoot its eighth season this September. The departure of Faris is sudden but there’s no hard feelings amongst her and the show. Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Kominsky Method), he released a statement in the wake of Faris leaving which was picked up by The Hollywood Reporter: “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.” Mom is co-created by Eddie Gorodetsky (Mike & Molly) and Gemma Baker (Two and a Half Men). It’s also executive produced by Lorre and Baker, along with Nick Bakay (‘Til Death) and Warren Bell (The Kominsky Method).
The long running sitcom tells the story of a complicated mother-daughter relationship. Starring Faris as Christy Plunkett, she’s a recovering addict and single mother who begins attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings in order to stay sober. Her mother, Bonnie, is a recovering addict as well. Bonnie is portrayed by Oscar-Award winning actress Allison Janney (I, Tonya) who has also won two Emmy-Awards for her role in Mom. After years of estrangement, the two begin to pick up the pieces of their relationship as they attempt to get their lives back on track.
Faris explained her reasoning for leaving the show had to do with seeking new experiences within the entertainment industry. Via The Hollywood Reporter, she released a statement saying: “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.” The sitcom has no plans on recasting Faris’s character.