Allison Janney has opened up about working on sitcom Mom without her former co-star Anna Faris.
Faris surprised fans when she announced her decision to quit just as CBS was beginning to work around the production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Tuesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Janney admitted it was strange to work on the series without her co-star.
As they celebrated the show’s three Critic Choice awards nominations, Janney explained: ‘It was very odd, she is very missed. Anna is missed and her character on the show is missed.
‘We are just happy she is doing what she wants to do now and we are happy that we are still able to tell these stories about these great women in recovery.’
According to People magazine, the news of Faris’ departure came as a ‘surprise’ and caused some issues with plans for the eighth season.
In a statement sent to Variety, the Scary Movie star said: ‘The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career.
‘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.’
A source close to the situation told the publication that Anna’s decision came down to her desire to search out other roles.
Mom revolved around Faris’ character Christy’s dysfunctional relationship with her mother (Janney) after years of estrangement.
During the show’s run, it’s been nominated for 10 Emmys, with Janney taking home the gongs for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 and 2015.