In some surprising news over the weekend, Anna Faris announced she is leaving the CBS sitcom Mom ahead of its 8th season.
After playing the lead role of Christy in Mom on CBS for the past seven years, Anna Faris has made the decision to move on to other things.
“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” Faris said in a statement. “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.”
In addition, WBTV, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions issued a joint statement addressing 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,” they said. “We wish Anna the best, and we thank her for her beautiful portrayal.”
Warner Bros. Television has also said that they will not be recasting the role of Christy in Faris’ absence. But it will be addressed in season 8’s plotline.
Since its debut in 2013, Mom has centered on Faris’ character, who is a newly sober single mom trying to raise her kids and navigate a relationship with her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), who is also a recovering addict. The cast also includes Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner and Kristen Johnston. Janney has brought home two Emmys for her role as Bonnie.
Season 8 of Mom is expected to premiere in November on CBS.