An actress who has been a part of the comedy series “Community” for five seasons is leaving the show. TVGuide.com reports that Yvette Nicole Brown, who portrays Shirley Bennett, asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons.
The actress told the publication that she needs to take care of her ailing father.
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown said. “The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”
Her character won’t be part of the cast as the show moves from NBC to Yahoo for the sixth season, the story notes. It’s not clear how the character’s departure will be handled, although there’s a chance she could return in a guest appearance, the story adds.
With Brown’s departure and that of Jonathan Banks, who is committed to AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the producers are casting two new characters. The story notes: “One is described as a woman who’s brought in as a consultant to help shape up the school. The other is a retired salesman who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself.”
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