Community is losing another cast member.
Yvette Nicole Brown, who has played Shirley since the pilot, is exiting the Sony Pictures Television produced comedy ahead of its 13 episode sixth season, TVWise has confirmed.
Created by Dan Harmon, Community follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. The comedy series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong.
The actresses, who recently signed on to recur on the CBS series The Odd Couple, opted to leave Community due to her father’s ailing health and asked Sony Pictures Television to release her from her contract ahead of season six, which the studio agreed to do.
In a statement to TV Guide, who broke the news of Yvette Nicole Brown’s exit, she said: “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.”
Yvette Nicole Brown is the third member of Community‘s original cast to exit the show, following the departures of Chevy Chase and Donald Glover. The rest of the cast, including Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs, are expected to return for the show’s sixth season, which was picked up by Yahoo Screen after NBC cancelled the comedy.