On Friday, America Ferrera announced she was leaving the sitcom “Superstore” after five seasons. She released a statement about her departure.
“The last five years on ‘Superstore’ have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career. Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller.”
Ferrera has played Amy, who managed a big-box store, since the show’s start in 2015. According to msn.com, the Season 5 finale will be Ferrera’s last episode.
It’s already been announced that there will be a sixth season of the show.
The Show Is Going On Without Her
Ferrera thanked those at NBC and the show’s creator, former executive producer and show runner, Justin Spitzer. Ferrera was also an executive producer at “Superstore” and directed a few of the episodes.
“I’m so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I’m most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of ‘Superstore’ and inviting me to be a part of it.”
President of Universal Television Pearlena Igbokwe had nothing but glowing things to say about Ferrera.
“America is a force of nature who not only pours her heart and soul into acting and producing on ‘Superstore,’ but into the many causes and initiatives she supports. Over the last five seasons she has earned our gratitude and respect.”
Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, both called her a friend.
“America’s immeasurable contributions to ‘Superstore,’ both in front of and behind the camera as well as an ambassador for the show, can’t possibly be quantified. We feel so fortunate to call her both a colleague and friend.”
‘Superstore’ Fans Are Conflicted
The fans are clearly going to miss her as well.
“America Ferrera is the heart and star of superstore, i don’t think they’ll survive without her. i say this as a compliment to her, and as a fan of the show,” wrote @spicyperalta.
“WOW, to a lot of fans “superstore” is America Ferrera,” said @ChuckieChk.
@Bgamer90 seemed to signal that this might actually be the end of the show, saying, “Wow. I honestly can’t see myself watching the show after this current season then.”
@WhippetRun replied, “I can. Don’t get me wrong I love her, but to me this is really an ensemble show if there really ever was one. She is a key, but not the only key there.”
It will be interesting to see how Season 6 unfolds.