Community may be getting its sixth (and presumably final) season, but it won’t go in with the original cast members, as the show has lost yet another study-group member. This time, it’s Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley, who asked to get out of her contract so that she could care for her ill father.
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown says, according to TV Guide. “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.”
Dan Harmon, who only has Jeff, Annie, Britta, and Abed to work with from the original study group (plus the Dean and Chang), has been very supportive of Brown’s decision to leave.
Interestingly, her father’s illness will not keep Yvette Nicole Brown from joining CBS’s midseason sitcom, The Odd Couple in a recurring role. Apparently, that show allows far more flexibility for Brown to care for her dad.
She will be sorely missed, however, and Harmon is going to have one hell of a challenge in finishing up the beloved series on Yahoo! without several of the actors who made it a hit (Donald Glover and Chevy Chase are also missing from the original cast, though Harmon has said that he’s lobbying to get Glover back).
Brown, however, will be available to make guest appearances on the show. Meanwhile, Harmon and Co. are casting for two more players to replace Brown and Jonathan Banks, who is departing for Better Call Saul.