Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Red Flags as Anna Faris Is Out at Allison Janney TV Show “Mom” Just Before Season 8 Begins


Allison Janney is going to be left as a “Mom” without a child. Anna Faris is splitting from the CBS sitcom minutes before the 8th season starts shooting.

What? This was certainly not planned in the spring when season 7 ended and the show was renewed. Faris is not in any kind of demand for movie roles, so this makes no sense and all explanations are not to be believed.

Something is wrong, folks. There is concern about Faris’s health. She’s been dogged for years about rumors of possible anorexia. She’s even posted pictures to Instagram that the tabloids raced to call “scary skinny.” She’s lamented on her podcast of being labeled as ‘too thin’ but this abrupt exit from a show where she was being paid a handsome salary with incentives to stay for many seasons is a red flag.

Faris posted a photo to Instagram from a chat with actress Ellie Kemper from four days ago that should really get people wondering what’s wrong. Faris looks sick, I’m sorry.

How can you have a show called “Mom” without a kid, albeit a grown one? The show will now have to be called “Grand Mom.” Or Ashton Kutcher can be cast as her character.

Here are the official statements:

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

WBTV, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions offered their own joint statement on Faris’ departure: “From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy. We are so proud of the stories we have been able to tell during Anna’s seven years with us. We wish Anna all the best, and we thank her for her beautiful portrayal.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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