Mom made its Season 8 premiere this week without star Anna Faris after she announced in September that she would not be returning to the popular CBS sitcom. While many fans worried they would kill Faris’ character Christy off to explain her sudden departure, the writers took the much better option of sending her off to law school on the east coast as a happy ending for the character that started it all. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mom showrunner, Gemma Baker, explained, “Although our show has killed characters off in the past, we never considered this as an option for Christy. Our audience has been rooting for her for seven seasons and that loss felt like it would be too devastating for them and for our other characters. It was important to us that Christy moved on to bigger things.”
While Faris’ decision to move on from the show seemed sudden to cast members and longtime fans, it was a decision the 43-year-old star felt she had to make in order to explore different career options. In a statement announcing her departure Faris explained, “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.” She further clarified, “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 (via People).”
Anna Faris' departure was a surprise to the entire show crew and even CBS executives
According to Newsweek, Anna Faris was only halfway through her contract, which would expire at the end of Season 8, when she announced her departure in September. Her upcoming project, which has Faris slated to star in and produce Summer Madness, an independent comedy in which she will be playing twins, was announced last year, well before her decision to leave Mom. An anonymous insider revealed to People, “It was a surprise to hear that Anna was leaving… It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling.”
For the cast, especially co-star Allison Janney, it was particularly upsetting. Earlier this week, she told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s a huge loss for the show to not have Anna because she was part of creating a character, Christy, that everyone fell in love with, who was so lovable and warm and gullible and funny and we will miss her so much.”
Fans will certainly be keeping their eyes open for new projects from the comedic Faris, and thankfully they can still get updates on their favorite character Christy through the storyline of Mom, even if she isn’t acting on the show anymore.
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