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The Conners' Michael Fishman Confirms Exit: 'I Was Told I Would Not Be Returning'

Michael Fishman has released a statement confirming his exit from the ABC show The Conners.

If you don’t know, the 40-year-old actor had been playing the role of DJ since originating the role in Roseanne.

News broke this week that Michael not be a part of season five and another star had been downgraded from series regular to guest star.

Click inside to read his full statement…More Here! »

1 Original 'The Conners' Star Is Leaving the Show, 1 Actress Is Exiting as Series Regular, & Several More Confirmed to Return

One original star of The Conners, who also appeared on the original series Roseanne, is set to leave the show and another newcomer to the cast will no longer be a series regular.

Now, the information about who is returning and who is leaving has been solidified as the ABC comedy is expected to return on September 21, 2022.

Click through the slideshow to see who is leaving, who was removed as a series regular, and who is returning…

'The Conners' Actor Michael Fishman Opens Up About His Son's Death from Drug Overdose

Michael Fishman, one of the stars of the ABC comedy series The Conners, is opening up about the death of his son Larry earlier this year.

Larry passed away in June from a fatal drug overdose while Michael was in the process of formally adopting the teenage boy.

Michael said that her first met Larry after the boy’s older sister Camille asked him to be her dad. He previously was in foster care before the adoption process began.

“I feel like I came to Larry maybe later than I wish I could,” Michael said while appearing on The Tamron Hall Show. “I think for parents, you know, you wish you had more time.”

Michael said about Larry‘s use of drugs, “It wasn’t so much a struggle for him. People try things over time, I think, and I don’t really think that was an issue for him overall. He moved to a house in transition after living with his sister for a little while, and he tried drugs that turned out to be bad drugs that multiple people had a very serious reaction.”

Michael says he’s going public with his emotional journey so that he can help others going through similar situations.

“A couple years ago, I probably would have never shared this, to be honest with you,” he said. “The really important part is that you’re brave enough to admit when you struggle and that you need help or that you aren’t strong.”

'The Conners' Set To Deliver Live Political Episode During New Hampshire Primary!

The Conners are going live!

The cast of the hit ABC series – Laurie Metcalf, Emma Kenney, Alicia Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, John Goodman and Jayden Rey – got together to celebrate the resurrection of Lanford’s favorite diner, the Lunch Box, on Wednesday (January 8) as part of the ABC Winter TCA 2020 at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

Laurie and the cast announced that they will go live on the night of the New Hampshire Primary, Tuesday, Feb. 11, Variety reports, and ABC News’s coverage of the real-time results of that political event will be incorporated into the broadcast, which will be performed and air live on both the east and west coasts.

This still-to-be-titled episode of The Conners will start with Mark (Ames McNamara) watching the results of the primary for a school report with Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible. This allows the rest of the family to weigh in with their usual differing takes on why people should vote, including the idea of voting for a candidate that you may not love but who you think will “screw you the least.”

That same day, the cast of For LifeTimothy Busfield, Nicholas Pinnock and Indira Varma – joined executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Isaac Wright Jr., Alison Greenspan, Doug Robinson, and co-creator Hank Steinberg at their press panel.

United We Fall cast – Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Ella Grace Helton and Guillermo Díaz – also joined their executive producer Julia Gunn and co-creator Julius Sharpe at the press panel for their ABC series.

READ MORE: ‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2!

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Constance Wu & The Bachelor's Peter Weber Hit Up ABC's Winter TCA Party

Constance Wu wears a cute zebra printed dress to ABC Television’s Winter Press Tour 2020 held at The Langham Huntington on Wednesday night (January 8) in Pasadena, Calif.

The Fresh Off The Boat actress hit the red carpet alongside The Bachelor‘s Peter Weber and host Chris Harrison.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Gary Cole, Kim Raver, Stumptown‘s Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy, The Baker and the Beauty‘s Victor Rasuk and Nathalie Kelley, Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time‘s Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, Bless This Mess‘s Lake Bell, Allison Tolman, and Station 19 stars Grey Damon, Jay Hayden, Jason George, Barrett Doss, Danielle Savre, Okieriete Onaodowan, Boris Kodjoe, and Jaina Lee Ortiz were also at the party.

Others spotted inside the bash were the American Housewife cast Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio, Carly Hughes, Diedrich Bader and Katy Mixon.

The Connor’sEmma Kenney, Michael Fishman, and Lecy Goranson, Modern Family‘s Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jeremy Maguire, and Reid Ewing, and The GoldbergsSean Giambrone, Schooled‘s AJ Michalka, Brett Dier, Haneefah Wood, black-ish stars Marsai Martin and Miles Brown, and mixed-ish‘s Mark Paul Gosselaar, Ethan William Childress and Mykal-Michelle Harris were also seen at the event along with Hudson Yang, and Single ParentsTyler Wladis, Marlow Barkley, Ella Allan and Mia Allan.

FYI: Kim is wearing Ted Baker London.

Check out 55+ pics inside of Constance Wu, Peter Weberand more at ABC’s Winter TCA party…

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'The Conners' Star Michael Fishman & Wife Jennifer Briner Split After 19 Years of Marriage

Michael Fishman and Jennifer Briner are parting ways.

The 37-year-old The Conners star and his wife decided to split amicably after over 19 years of marriage as of Friday (December 28), according to TMZ.

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The two went to file the documents at court together on Thursday (December 27). They’d been in the process of splitting since June of last year, but it was delayed after The Conners abruptly stopped production.

The couple got married in 1999 and have two children together.

Mackenzie Foy & Misty Copeland Are Fresh in Floral at 'Nutcracker & the Four Realms' Premiere

Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland look stunning at the premiere of their new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms!

The co-stars, ages 17 and 36, hit the red carpet at the event held at the Roy Dolby Ballroom on Monday (October 29) in Los Angeles.

They both donned floral-inspired gowns that matched the theme of the backdrop.

They were joined by their co-stars Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Jack Whitehall, Lil Buck, and director Lasse Hallstrom.

Also in attendance were Nigel Lythgoe, Jayden Rey, Melissa Joan Hart, Maya Lynne Robinson, Michael Fishman, Ali Landry, Rachel Roy, Brett Dalton, Michael Cameron, Beverley Mitchell, Kenzie Cameron, Hutton Cameron, Mario Lopez, Gia Francesca Lopez, Guillermo Diaz, and Leona Lewis.

In the film, a young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. Don’t miss it when it hits theaters on November 2!

FYI: Mackenzie is wearing a Chanel Couture dress, Sophia Webster shoes, and Chanel jewelry. Leona is wearing Michael Cinco with Atelier Swarovski jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland, and more at the premiere… More Here! »

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