Anna Faris starred as the lead character in CBS’s Mom, alongside Allison Janney, who will now be the lead actress on the show.
Anna Faris appeared as the lead character on CBS’s Mom since 2013, and announced her departure from the show in September 2020, after seven seasons of portraying Christy Plunket.
Her departure from the highly-rated show came as surprise to audience members, who followed her character’s journey from substance abuse to success.
The actress portrayed the recovering alcoholic and young mother through her late thirties in sobriety, whose mother, Bonnie, was going through a similar experience.
The news of her departure has left fans confused and worried about the show’s continuation, as Anna starred as the lead.
In an interview with TVLine in October 2020, series co-creator, Gemma Baker, assured viewers that season eight will continue as planned, with Allison Janney, who plays Bonnie, set to assume the new lead role.
She also confirmed that Anna’s exit was based on the actress’ desire to grow her career in other areas, and that her character would get the positive send-off that audience members have been hoping for.
According to local media, Anna stated, “The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career. 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.”
Season eight of Mom is expected to return in mid-2021. In a separated interview with Entertainment Weekly in November 2020, Gemma Baker expanded on what the upcoming episodes will include, stating:
“We’re going to meet an interesting man from Bonnie’s past and there will be a visit from a beloved character. We will see Bonnie and Adam (Adam Fichtner), who are riding high on being happily married, give relationship advice to Jill (Jaime Pressly) and Andy (Will Sasso) with mixed results.”