Yvette Nicole Brown Is Leaving 'Community'

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On Tuesday, September 30, Yvette Nicole Brown announced that she will not be joining Community for the coming season.

Brown, who has played the part of Shirley Bennett on the comedy series for five seasons since it debuted in 2009, said that she asked to be let out of her contract and will be leaving the show for personal reasons which include taking care of her ailing father.

She explained that her dad needs constant care, and although it was a difficult decision, she had to choose her father before her career. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown told TV Guide during a recent interview. "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."

Community creator Dan Harmon and producer Sony Pictures TV acknowledged Brown's request and let her out of her contract. "Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best," executive producer Chris McKenna and Harmon said in a joint statement.

Brown later took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support. "To say I am floored by the outpouring of love for me & my dad would be the world's biggest understatement. #ThankYou is insufficient..." Brown tweeted. "But please know, you all have touched my heart more than words can say and have made me proud to be a #HumanBeing! I adore you guys! xoxo."

The series, which was cancelled by NBC after season five, has been picked up by Yahoo! Screen for a sixth season, and will feature Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, the show's remaining cast members.