Community has been on a roller-coaster ride for its last few seasons. First, series creator and show-runner Dan Harmon was fired by Sony, due to his disputes with series star Chevy Chase (Pierce). Then Chevy Chase exits during the first season without Harmon. Sony hired Harmon back, under pressure from series star Joel McHale (Jeff), for the series 5th season. Early in the 5th season, series star Donald Glover (Troy) departed the series in order to invest more time into his music career. Then NBC decided not to renew the series for its 6th season. Talks were held with various streaming platforms to revive the series, with the looming deadline of contract resigning for the performers. At the absolute last minute, Yahoo surprised and delighted us all with a save through their video streaming service Yahoo Screen.
Well, it is time for another downer moment on the ride. Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) has been released from her contract, due to her request to take care of her ailing father. Brown made the hard decision after weighing the time commitments required by the series against her obligations as a loving daughter. Her decision is understandably correct, but it is still a blow for her, the show, and the fans.
Good luck and health to Brown and her family, Shirley will be missed.