Superstore fans were rocked with some heavy news recently, as America Ferrera announced her upcoming exit from the series. The NBC comedy will lose one of its biggest stars at the end of Season 5, which may have some saddened despite the show's recent renewal for Season 6. For those feeling a bit down, Lauren Ash has a message to share about the situation, and the show's life post-Amy.
Lauren Ash took to social media not long after the news broke that America Ferrera would be leaving Superstore at the conclusion of Season 5. The actress shared her own personal feelings on the matter, talked about her relationship with her co-star, and offered some hope for anyone feeling sad about it all.
Lauren Ash had nothing but kind words for America Ferrera, which may speak to the strong bond these actors have forged on set. Ash also has faith in Superstore's ability to move forward, despite the fact the comedy is losing one of its biggest characters.
The Instagram post got a lot of love on the platform, with comments coming in left and right. America Ferrera popped in not long after the post to comment, and left a short and sweet message for Lauren Ash:
The circumstances behind America Ferrera's exit are unknown, though the actress' public statement did not hint at any tension that led to the exit. Ferrera's Amy is a major part of Superstore, and her relationship with other lead character Jonah (Ben Feldman) has dominated a core part of the story. With 22 episodes total and 5 more to air in Season 5, Superstore presumably has enough time to write off Amy in a satisfying way before Season 5 ends. It is unknown if this exit will come at the cost of Amy's relationship with Jonah.
Superstore creator Justin Spitzer revealed about a year ago there were never any plans in place to break up Amy and Jonah. That was then, however, and perhaps back then Spitzer wasn't envisioning a situation where he would have to say goodbye to one of the two actors. Losing America Ferrera doesn't mean that Jonah can't continue to date Amy off-screen, but obviously, the show will have to dance around the fact that it will not be able to bring Amy into episodes or use her for stories unless Spitzer and crew can manage to get Ferrera back.
Superstore returns to NBC Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET. As always, continue to stick with CinemaBlend for more news on what's happening with television and movies in 2020 and beyond.
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