Back in September, we reported that Anna Faris had shocked her fans by announcing that she was leaving the CBS sitcom “Mom” after seven seasons. Now, her costar Allison Janney has finally broken her silence to address Faris’ departure for the first time.
“It’s a huge loss for the show to not have Anna because she was part of creating a character, Christy, that everyone fell in love with, who was so lovable and warm and gullible and funny and we will miss her so much,” Janney told Entertainment Tonight. “I think I’ll miss the most, for me, the relationship between Bonnie and Christy, even though that will still continue. But she won’t be present. That’s what I’ll miss.”
Her costars Jaime Pressly, Mimi Kennedy and Beth Hall spoke out to give their thoughts on Faris leaving as well.
“We all, in general, didn’t really know how it was going to be, also dealing with all the COVID precautions and everything. it’s a whole different set right now. But I do want to say that it feels like she’s still here because we do talk about the character all the time,” Pressly said.
“And [Janney’s] character is always calling her or vice versa,” she added. “We still hear the name, we still talk about her. She’s not gone as far as we’re concerned, and we all spent so much time together over the years and love each other and support each other and we all want each other to be happy, so we’re happy for her and we miss her no matter what.”
“I had the dressing room next to her and I played her sponsor. And I got to know how smart she is and as blondes, you know, playing blondes all the time, she’s one smart cookie and I really, really enjoyed talking to her,” Kennedy recounted. “She was also very funny and very witty and I’m going to miss that because as we walk to the end of the hall, there would be one quip at the end of the night and I generally entered my dressing room laughing.”
“The thing about Anna was she was always so encouraging,” Hall chimed in to say. “If you were funny, if you did a great scene, she was always the first one to compliment you and tell you how well it went. That was always great about her.”
Janney and her costars are currently promoting the upcoming eighth season of “Mom,” which she is very excited for.
“It is a show everyone still needs because it’s a show about positivity and hope and relationships. We’re so grateful that we get to continue telling the stories about these amazing women and all leaning on each other, and helping each other get through whatever life throws at them,” Janney said. “Women who are all striving to be the better version of themselves and trying to do it in recovery.”