According to numerous sources, actress Yvette Nicole Brown revealed on Twitter that she is leaving the hit show Community to care for her sick father.
“Thanks for the years of laughs & love @danharmon @joelmchale @gillianjacobs @dannypudi @alisonbrie @kenjeong @RashIsTVUgly & @donaldglover & thanks to the AWESOME #Community fans! You #HumanBeings are forever #StreetsAhead. Thanks for understanding my tough decision & your love” the 43-year-old actress stated September 30th.
Brown reportedly informed TV Guide Magazine that she asked to be removed from the show’s sixth consecutive season, due to “personal reasons.”
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown informed TV Guide. “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.”
Although producers Harmon and McKenna are “sad to see her go”, both however confirmed that they “wish her the very best” and believe that “Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable.”
Due to Brown and another cast member( Johnathan Banks) leaving the show, producers are now searching for two new characters. According to TV Guide Magazine, “One is described as a woman who’s brought in as a consultant to help shape up the school. The other is a retired salesman who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself.”
Brown has since stated that she is still a huge fan of Community and will still be live tweeting episodes, regardless of how “bittersweet” her leaving may be.
“I can take care of my dad but won’t be with my TV family. 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.”
We wish Brown the best as well as her father.