Yvette Nicole Brown Leaves "Community"

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Yvette Nicole Brown has announced that she is departing Community for some very personal and understandable reasons.

She is leaving to take care of her ailing father.

Shirley was a rock on the show, the mother of three who was just a little more tightly wound than most.

Without Yvette Nicole Brown, the show just won't be the same!

Community creator Dan Harmon knows it just as much as anyone.

"Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best," he said.

Yvette Nicole Brown told TV Guide, "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."

After the announcement came, she said of Harmon's reaction, he "has been so wonderful about it all. He told me, 'Yvette, I'm praying for your dad.'"

Sounds like Yvette Nicole Brown has a lot of support for what she is doing.

However, she won't totally be out of the spotlight. Brown will still have a recurring role on CBS's reboot of The Odd Couple.

The Odd Couple is a multi-camera show, which will make it easier for Yvette Nicole Brown to handle everything she needs to take care of.

"A multi-camera sitcom is a better fit for the life I have now," she said. "I can't say enough how much I respect Sony and Dan for how they handled this profound change in my life."

So, what will happen to Shirley? Well, no one really knows yet, but Yvette Nicole Brown thinks her character will depart gracefully.

"I am totally open to whatever Dan decides," she said of Shirley. "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]."

Good luck to Yvette Nicole Brown as she becomes a caretaker for her father!

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.