Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the cult favorite show Community, has been released from her contract and will not be a part of season 6, which was only recently picked up for Yahoo! Screen after it was canceled from NBC’s lineup.
The actress explained why she has to leave, saying it’s not a move she wants to make but ultimately needs to be with her family. Her father, who is ill, needs care and she says she can’t put the distance needed to work on the show between them.
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me. 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,” she told TV Guide Magazine.
What’s in store for the show is yet to be seen, although producer Dan Harmon called her “irreplaceable” and a guest spot is open for her in the future should she decide to return.
“I am totally open to whatever Dan decides. I’m glad it won’t be hard for them to explain where she is. She has three kids, a degree and a business. There are a lot of ways to explain her [departure],” Brown said.
Fans of the show have been through quite a bit of emotional turmoil over the years, after seeing the show moved to different time slots and even removed from NBC’s lineup when it went on hiatus. After backlash ensued, the show was brought back for two more seasons before being canceled. It will return on Yahoo! Screen for a 13-episode run.