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Allison Janney Talks Anna Faris Leaving 'Mom,' Says 'It's a Huge Loss'

Allison Janney is opening up about Anna Faris leaving Mom.

Ahead of the season eight premiere later this week, the 60-year-old actress who plays Bonnie to Anna‘s Christy on the show, said that her co-star leaving the show was “a huge loss.”

“It’s a huge loss for the show to not have Anna because she was part of creating a character, Christy, that everyone fell in love with, who was so lovable and warm and gullible and funny and we will miss her so much,” Allison told Entertainment Tonight.

“I think I’ll miss the most, for me, the relationship between Bonnie and Christy, even though that will still continue,” Allison continued. “But she won’t be present. That’s what I’ll miss.”

Anna shocked fans back in September when she announced that she was leaving Mom after seven seasons.

“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” she said in a statement at the time.

Jaime Pressley, who plays Jill Kendall on the show, also talked about Anna‘s absence in the new season.

“I do want to say that it feels like she’s still here because we do talk about the character all the time,” Jaime said. “And [Janney's] character is always calling her or vice versa. We still hear the name, we still talk about her. She’s not gone as far as we’re concerned, and we all spent so much time together over the years and love each other and support each other and we all want each other to be happy, so we’re happy for her and we miss her no matter what.”

Season eight of Mom premieres on Thursday night on CBS.

The 'West Wing' Reunion Special Has a New Trailer - Watch Now!

The cast of The West Wing has reunited for a special that will debut on HBO Max next week, with weeks to go until the general election.

The special marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast has reunited with creator Aaron Sorkin. They got together to reenact the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from season three on a theatrical stage.

The West Wing stars Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode. Sterling K. Brown will be playing Leo McGarry, the role played by the late John Spencer.

The creative team and cast organized this historic production in order to raise awareness for and support the vital mission of When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama which was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia will make a donation to When We All Vote.

The special will debut eon HBO Max on October 15.

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Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, & More 'West Wing' Cast Members Arrive for Reunion Taping in L.A.

The cast of The West Wing is together again!

Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen, Janel Moloney, and Richard Schiff were all seen arriving at the reunion special taping on Friday (September 18) in Los Angeles.

Also photographed arriving at the taping was Sterling K. Brown, who will have a new role in the special.

Not seen arriving at the taping was Dulé Hill, but he will be a part of the reunion.

The cast will appear for the theatrical stage presentation of Season 3 episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” with director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme for the special, plus guest appearances and a message from the former first lady, Michelle Obama.

The episode first aired in February of 2002, and features President Bartlet (Sheen) engaging Sam (Lowe) and Toby (Schiff) in chess games that mirror his brinksmanship with the Chinese government; Josh (Whitford) sweating the results of primary voting in a tiny New Hampshire town; and C.J. (Janney) and Charlie (Hill) facing off in a prank war.

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will air on HBO Max on October 15. The special is a benefit for When We All Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to increase voter participation.

50+ pictures inside of the cast members arriving at the reunion taping…More Here! »

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Anna Faris Leaving 'Mom' Was 'a Surprise' According to Show Source: 'This Is Not a Good Thing' (Report)

Mom staffers are still reacting to the news of Anna Faris‘ departure from the show.

The 43-year-old actress revealed she was leaving the hit sitcom after seven seasons, and it was a shock to her co-workers, People reported Thursday (September 10).

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“It was a surprise to hear that Anna was leaving. None of us are happy about that,” a source close to the show told the outlet.

Anna announced she was leaving the show just days before the comedy was planning to resume production on Season 8 amid the pandemic, which was pushed back and set to begin on September 14.

“It was sudden and unwelcome, and it left the entire network scrambling. This is not a good thing at all,” the source added, saying “no one” wanted her to leave.

Mom has been one of CBS is more profitable scripted shows, in a very challenging economic time. And now one of the leads is gone. It’s actually a nightmare. No one wanted this.”

Here’s what Anna Faris said about leaving the show…

Allison Janney Seems to Forget Her Iconic Role in '10 Things I Hate About You'

Allison Janney left a comment on Instagram that seems to indicate she forgot she starred in 10 Things I Hate About You!

In the movie, Allison portrays high school principal Ms. Perky, who writes erotic novels. Some of the funniest lines in the film come from her, and you can watch a clip right here!

Allison made it clear she didn’t realize she was in the iconic 1999 film, also starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in a comment on Instagram.

She responded to a photo posted on Instagram of her name in the opening sequence, as well as one of her iconic lines posted on the photo sharing service.

Allison is not the only actress to forget being in an iconic film.

See what Allison Janney posted that has fans wondering if she forgot her iconic role!…

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Sean Hayes Plays Woman In New Film 'Lazy Susan', Available On Demand Now!

Sean Hayes is taking on a new kind of role in his latest film, Lazy Susan!

The Will & Grace star plays an unmotivated cisgender woman for whom doing nothing is exhausting in the film, which also stars Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Carrie Aizley, Margo Martindale, Jim Rash, Kiel Kennedy, Danny Johnson and Darlene Hunt.

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In Lazy Susan, Susan (Sean Hayes) has always been the self-centered oddball in her family, who lazily skated through life with their grudging support until one day she wakes up to realize she’s middle-aged with no job, no relationship, and an increasingly estranged family. She finally decides to take charge and turn things around, but never having done anything herself before, the struggle is real (and hilarious) as Susan becomes the woman she always wanted to be, all on her own.

Lazy Susan is available on digital and on-demand starting today (April 3)!

Zoe Saldana, Rachel Brosnahan & More Celebrate Oscars Week at Cadillac Party!

Zoe Saldana, Rachel Brosnahan and Abigail Spencer strike a pose on the carpet while stepping out for Cadillac Celebrates the 2020 Academy Awards held at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday (February 6) in Los Angeles.

The three ladies were joined at the annual event by Greta Gerwig and her husband Noah Baumbach, Margaret Qualley, Allison Janney, Andrew Rannells, Rumer Willis, Elizabeth Chambers-Hammer, Lauren Ash, Mamie Gummer, Minnie Driver, Max Greenfield and Lesley-Ann Brandt.

Also in attendance at the pre-Oscars bash were Kyle MacLachlan, Charlie Carver, Michelle Trachtenberg, Gigi Gorgeous and her partner Nats Getty, Pose‘s Hailie Sahar and The Real‘s Adrienne Bailon-Houghton.

The 2020 Oscars are set to air this coming Sunday, February 9, live on ABC. Just Jared will be updating all night long, so be sure to watch along with us. See the full list of nominees if you missed it!

FYI: Zoe is wearing a Brock Collection outfit. Rachel is wearing an Azzaro dress with earrings and an ear cuff by Dana Rebecca Designs and Graziela Gems. Allison is wearing a Temperley London dress. Minnie is wearing an Azzi & Osta ensemble. Rumer is wearing Malone Souliers heels.

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