Mom's cancellation was a shock for so many viewers as well as the show’s cast and crew, and it would seem series star Allison Janney was surprised by the news as well. Since the news was initially announced, Janney hasn't said that much about the untimely cancellation. But that changed recently, as Janney recently opened up about the show ending and why she believes it was cancelled.
Allison Janney is moving right along with the final season of Mom and, during her appearance on The Late, Late Show with James Corden, she confirmed that she's nearly finished with filming. So the actress couldn't help but reflect on the final stretch and how she wished things would have panned out for a final season of the show:
I’m sad, you know, I wish we’d had at least another year for the writers to have that much time to ramp up to the ending. We sort of found out sooner than we thought we would hear. We thought, ‘Surely they’re gonna want more Mom.’ They decided not, and there’s so many reasons behind that. Probably money.
After giving her thoughts for Mom’s ending, Allison Janney also shared a key tidbit regarding the series finale. She talked about more about her experience on the show, comparing it to her work on The West Wing:
But I know that Chuck Lorre is writing the final episode, and we’re right now filming the third-to-last episode. And I’m having a lot of moments where I’m just standing on set and taking it in and looking at all the faces I’ve looked at for eight years. It’s really lovely to be a part of a show [that lasted this long]. As an actor, you don’t get to do that very often. I’ve been so lucky. Seven years on West Wing. Eight years on Mom. And I have a real community of people that I love, and it’s going to be very hard to just have it, all of a sudden, it’s gone. And no matter how much I prepare myself for it, I just know I’m gonna be buckets of tears.
Given the closeness between her and the Mom cast and crew, it's understandable that Allison Janney would be emotional about such a huge part of her life. Janney’s comments are also a testament to the truly unpredictable nature of Hollywood, which can even see a highly popular show get cancelled. It is worth mentioning that the show was going through some obvious changes, though it's unclear if that played a role. These things happen in Hollywood, but it still had to have been an awkward experience for Janney. You can check out her full Late Late Show appearance below:
Before this recent interview, Allison Janney had only spoken once about Mom's cancellation. The actress took to Instagram last month to express her gratitude for being able to star on Mom for these past eight years. In the same post, she expressed her love and appreciation for series creator and producer Chuck Lorre as well as the cast, crew and fans. It's definitely sad that Mom is leaving us sooner than expected but, hopefully, Lorre and his collaborators are able to give it a send-off worth of the show's hilarious and heartfelt legacy.
Mom airs new episodes on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.