After four years of dishing out some hard truths (and plenty of laughs) on American Housewife, actress Carly Hughes has left the show claiming discrimination and a toxic work environment.

Via Deadline

Via Deadline

What’s Happening:

  • Deadline is writing that actress Carly Hughes has left the ABC sitcom, American Housewife after four years as a series regular.
  • Hughes cited a toxic work environment and discrimination as the reasons for her departure. ABC launched an extensive HR investigation of the allegations from Hughes and other claims from production team members. They have reportedly since made changes.
  • Deadline notes that series creator Sarah Dunn is no longer an active producer on the show, while line producer Mark J. Greenberg stepped down from his role.
  • Series showrunners Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz reportedly received sensitivity training following the investigation.
  • Hughes played Angela, one of Katie Otto’s (Katy Mixon) only real friends in their wealthy hometown of Westport, CT.  
  • Hughes left at the end of season 4, although she appeared in the season 5 premiere which was filmed prior to production shutdowns in March.
  • Her exit brings another big change to the family comedy that also saw the departure of series regular, Julia Butters.
  • Butters, who played the family’s youngest daughter Anna-Kat, left to pursue other projects in her acting career. Giselle Eisenberg was recast in the role for the entire 5th season.
  • Finally, Deadline says Holly Robinson Peete will be joining the show in a recurring role as one of Katie’s longtime friends, Tami. Tami’s moves to Westport with her youngest, an eight-year-old daughter, and the two friends have a chance to reconnect.

What They’re Saying:

  • Carly Hughes in statement to Deadline: “I was no longer able to work in the toxic environment that was created on American Housewife. I made the decision to leave to protect myself from that type of discrimination. As a black woman in entertainment I feel the responsibility to stand up for what I deserve, what we all deserve – to be treated equally. I wish the show well, and I am excited for a new chapter and to be able to pursue the opportunities ahead.”
  • Spokesperson for American Housewife: “Carly was a valued member of the cast, and we had hoped she would return to the show this season. The concerns she raised led to positive changes to the workplace and improvements to the culture, but we respect the decision she made to move on. We wish her nothing but the best.”