Watch Allison Janney Return to the Mom Set Following Anna Faris’ Exit

A new video finds Allison Janney following coronavirus protocol for season 8 of Mom on CBS.

By Jonathan Borge Sep 15, 2020 8:20 PMTags
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2020 has so far taught us to roll with the punches. 

Earlier this month, Anna Faris announced her unexpected exit from the Emmy-winning CBS comedy Mom. And now, former co-star Allison Janney has returned to the set of the show to keep on keepin' on. 

On Monday, Sept. 14, Janney, 60, shared a clip of herself and co-stars Mimi Kennedy, Beth Hall and Jaime Pressly all masked up and ready to safely film season eight of the show, in which Janney plays Bonnie. "Hi everyone, we are all back at Mom. It's our first day with the new COVID protocol," Janney said in the clip. "It's a whole new territory but we're excited for season eight to begin!" 

Of course, "everyone" certainly didn't include Faris, who played Christy alongside Janney for seven seasons and whose role will reportedly not be recast. 

"The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career," Faris said in a statement obtained by E! News. "I'm so thankful to [Chuck Lorre], the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I'll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family."

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Following news of her departure, Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre productions commented on her removal from the show. "From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy," they said in a statement at the time. "We are so proud of the stories we have been able to tell during Anna's seven years with us. We wish Anna all the best, and we thank her for her beautiful portrayal." 

So far, Mom has earned 10 Emmy nominations and scored two wins for Janney, who in 2014 and 2015 took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Perhaps it's time she win big as the lead?

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