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Tierney Exits ‘Parenthood’ For Good

Cancer treatments cause her to leave the NBC series. Her role will be recast.

Maura Tierney is departing NBC’s "Parenthood," citing her cancer treatments as the reason behind her move.


NBC will recast the role and still hopes to have the show on the air in time for midseason.


"Maura Tierney regrets that she will not be able to continue her role on ‘Parenthood’ due to a conflict with the production schedule of the show and her breast cancer treatments," a rep for Tierney said. "Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive. She is deeply disappointed that she will not be able to rejoin such a highly respected, talented, fun and funny group of actors and wishes to thank Jason Katims and NBC for their patience and support."


NBC said that while it is "saddened that Maura Tierney won’t be able to continue in her current role in ‘Parenthood,’ our main concern is for her quick and full recovery. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her."


Production on "Parenthood" was halted in July, and the show pushed from a planned fall debut, when the network got word of Tierney’s condition. The hope had been that production could resume by the fall.