One of the stars of “Community” is graduating early.
Yvette Nicole Brown, who has portrayed Shirley Bennett since the show’s 2009 premiere, announced Tuesday that she was departing after five seasons.
The actress told TV Guide that she asked to be let go from her contract so she could devote more time to caring for her ailing father.
“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.”
Brown, 43, recently landed a recurring role on CBS’ remake of “The Odd Couple,” and will remain onboard since the part allows for more flexible scheduling.
Brown is just the latest series regular to exit “Community,” which was canceled by NBC this spring. Chevy Chase exited after season 4, while Donald Glover left during season 5. The show is also losing season 5 recurring cast member Jonathan Banks to AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”
The comedy, set at a community college, was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo! Screen, and will feature the show’s remaining cast members Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong.
TV Guide reports that to fill the void left by Brown and Banks, the series is looking to add new characters to the show.