Our little show that could, Community may be coming back for a sixth season, but one member of the study group is not. Yvette Nicole Brown who played resident Den Mother, Shirley asked to be released from her contract due to personal family reasons.
It’s reported that Brown is leaving the show to take care of her ill father. Brown states “My dad needs daily care and he needs me.” She goes on to say that spending 16 hours a day away from him, for up to five months is just something she cannot do.
Brown has been a cast member of Community for all five seasons, and has always been a central role to the show. She was also cast in the Odd Couple reboot to air on CBS, but the more forgiving shooting schedule of a multi-cam show, along with a smaller role will allow her the time she needs to be with her family.
That makes two open cast spots for the YahooScreen show, including Jonathan Banks who will be filming Better Call Saul. Brown told TVGuide.com “I don’t want the fans to worry; it’s going to be fine. Greendale is the heart of the show, not any particular character. Even if characters come and go, the heart of Greendale remains.”