Allison Janney is back on the set of Mom just weeks after her costar Anna Faris announced she was leaving the series for good. Janney gave fans a look at the show’s upcoming Season 8, taking viewers behind the scenes and onto the set of the show, which is continuing along despite the exit of one of its leads.
In a clip posted on her Instagram featuring Mimi Kennedy, Beth Hall and Jaime Pressly, Janney gave her followers a glimpse at the set for the upcoming season. “Hi everyone, we are all back at Mom. It’s our first day with the new COVID protocol,” Janney said. “Everyone’s here and it’s a whole new territory, but we’re excited for season 8 to begin.”
Janney’s Mom set tour comes only weeks after Faris announced she was leaving the show Sept. 4 after starring on the CBS sitcom for seven seasons. A source close to the show called Faris’ exit “a nightmare” after she left. “It was a surprise to hear that Anna was leaving. None of us are happy about that,” a source told People, adding, “It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling. This is not a good thing at all.”
Since 2013, Faris played the character Christy on the show, a single mother who is reunited with her dysfunction mom, Bonnie (Allison Janney), when she least expects it. The series follows the two as they manage their own addictions and sobriety. Faris’ exit from Mom comes right in the middle of a two-year contract she signed with the show in 2019.
When announcing she was leaving the show, Faris called her years spent acting on Mom “some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” adding, “I’m so thankful to Chuck, 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.”
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