Anna Faris Exits CBS Comedy “Mom”

Allison Janney and Anna Faris in "Mom"

CBS’ hit comedy Mom will be without one of its two main stars when the series begins production on season 8 in September. Anna Faris, who portrays Christy Jolene Plunkett on the show, issued a statement on Friday confirming that she left the sitcom and won’t return for new episodes.

According to Deadline, Faris’ shocking exit from the series was finalized shortly after Mom stopped its production due to COVID-19 in March. Her character reportedly won’t be recast, with writers already having a plan for addressing Christy’s absence from the show in the season 8 premiere.

“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,”said Faris in a statement. “I’m so thankful to [creator] 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.”

Mom is centered on Faris’ character Christy, who is a single mother trying to get her life together after her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse while also attempting to mend the relationship with her estranged mother Bonnie (Allison Janney).

The show has been a consistent performer for CBS during its run and enjoyed praise from the critics. It received several Emmy Award nominations, having won two thanks to Janney, who picked up Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series accolades in 2014 and 2015.