Why did Toni Childs leave Girlfriends?

The reason behind Toni’s, and the person who plays her, Jill Jones’ departure is completely different.

When Mara Akil’s Girlfriends was announced to be streaming on Netflix, many of its fans were excited. The show turned 20 years old this year, and it was only fitting for it to be re-introduced to the world. It has been 12 years since the sitcom aired its final episode in September 2008. Even with its success, not all of the characters made it to the show’s conclusion. Jill Jones, who assumed the role of Toni Childs, decided not to renew her contract at the end of season six of the show, just two seasons before the end of it.

“My contract was up after my sixth season, and people forget that just like the network can choose whether or not to renew your contract, I can also choose and evaluate whether or not I want to come back,” she explained. Jill had always longed to star movies and went on to feature in The Perfect Holiday and 35 & Ticking, to name a few. In the show, Toni and her partner had moved forward, following a custody battle over their child.

Joan Clayton, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, Maya Wilkes, played by Golden Brooks, Lynn Searcy, played by Persia White, and Toni Childs, played by Jill Marie Jones, were a huge contribution to the success of Black sitcoms in the early 2000s.

Girlfriends ended abruptly in 2008. The reason for this was reportedly the high cost of the show; from the actors, who were now gaining more fame, to the writers, and everything else in-between. The show ended during the Writers Guild of America strike, where writers were demanding an increase in funding. The strike went on between 2007 and 2008, which affected many television shows. Girlfriends was one of those shows, and its ratings had decreased immensely by its season finale, which is partially why it wasn’t renewed for a new season.