Actress Jo Marie Payton abruptly left Household Issues, the cult-classic sitcom initially airing as a part of ABC’s TGIF (or “Thank Goodness It is Humorous”) block, quickly after her 200th episode titled “Deck the Malls” aired on 19. Dec. 1997.
The step was thought of to be extremely uncommon on the time. To make issues much more sophisticated, the creators of the present refused to kill off her character, Harriette Winslow, bringing in a brand new actress, Judyann Elder, as an alternative.
Jo Marie Payton left ‘Household Issues’ only a few episodes earlier than Season 9 ended.
“I don’t remorse that I left,” Jo Marie remarked in a earlier interview with Leisure Weekly.
Because the actress instructed the outlet, she was going by a divorce across the similar time as Household Issues was moved from ABC to CBS. Though she spent two years eager about leaving the present, she solely put her foot down only a few episodes earlier than it was curtains for the much-beloved sitcom.
The precise causes behind her resolution stay unknown. Jo Marie hasn’t talked about what made her need to go away midseason — versus ready till the taking pictures of the Season 9 Finale — in earlier interviews.
Nonetheless, she did function within the Household Issues reunion particular that aired on Sept. 27, 2017, and it is extremely possible that she remains to be on good phrases with most of her co-stars.
Jo Marie was a essential solid member since day one, having first appeared on the present within the Season 1 premiere airing on Sept. 22, 1989, titled “The Mama Who Got here to Dinner.”
As Harriette, the household matriarch, Jo Marie performed a robust character who was in a position to exert a constructive affect on her police officer husband, Carl (Reginald VelJohnson), three kids, Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams), Eddie (Darius McCrary), and Judy (Jaimee Foxworth). She additionally was there for her sister, Rachel (Telma Hopkins), and for Carl’s mom, aka Mom Winslow (Rosetta LeNoire).
Jo Marie’s departure left a long-lasting affect on the entire solid of ‘Household Issues.’
Jo Marie‘s departure had a long-lasting affect on the closely-knit solid. Season 9 marked their last-ever season collectively — and Jo Marie’s sudden disappearance additional accelerated the already felt sense of loss. Arguably, her resolution precipitated the tip of an period.
“We just about knew that after the present had switched networks from ABC to CBS that it was a wrap,” Darius, the actor taking part in Eddie, instructed Leisure Weekly in a earlier interview.
“No disrespect to Judyann … however I felt like my mother was gone, you recognize? I did my job as an actor, however there have been simply so many issues that had gone on behind the scenes that the viewers wasn’t aware about that had form of already shut it down,” he added shortly after.
“I already knew that I’d miss seeing you guys. I knew that my life can be completely different. […] I simply keep in mind experiencing the great loss. I spent most likely 42 weeks a 12 months at Telma [Hopkins’] home through the weekends. She was like my different mom, [and] Jo Marie. These individuals are household, and to not have that very same period of time and power with them was tough for a very long time,” Kellie, the actress taking part in Laura, instructed Leisure Weekly.