Why did Aisha leave Cobra Kai?

Nichole Brown, who plays Aisha in Netflix’s Cobra Kai, did not appear in the third season, due to there reportedly being no room for her character in the storyline.

Nichole Brown is noted as one of the standout actors who star in Netflix’s Cobra Kai for her portrayal of Aisha. Unfortunately, Aisha did not appear in the third season that premiered in January 2021, leaving fans disappointed at the show’s decision to cut her out. In a December 2020 interview with TVLine, executive producer and co-showrunner, Jon Hurwitz, explained the reason for the character’s absence in the latest season, but hinted that she may return in the future.

He stated, “Certain characters we loved in season one didn’t appear at all in season two, like Kyler, Yasmine and Louie. Before the season, we told Nichole the same thing we told those actors: That just because a character doesn’t appear for a period of time, [it] doesn’t mean they’ve left the universe, that they can’t return again. We love that character, and perhaps we’ll see her again one day.”

Co-executive producer, Josh Heald, added that they expect the series to go on indefinitely, and for that reason, the coming and going of characters will be something that occurs often. He stated, “We have a long story left to tell. We tend to look at the show in a very long view, where entrances and exits are impactful and important. Sometimes people need to exit to make their [re-entry] a little bit different and bigger.”