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So I just started watching the new Yahoo! Screen showing of Community Season 6 episode 1 and Shirley (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) is missing.

The absence is explained as 'spun-off', has she left to do another show (in fact she appears in a short clip at the end in some fictional series called 'The Butcher and the Baker).

Will she be making a guest appearance later?

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The Variety article Yvette Nicole Brown Leaves ‘Community’ cited personal reasons:

Yvette said she is leaving the show for personal reasons: namely, to take care of her ailing father.

“My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown told TV Guide. “The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”

Shortly after leaving Community she was promoted to series regular on CBS' Odd Couple reboot. According to TV Line Brown highlighted the differing show formats as the reason for her depature:

As Brown explained earlier this week, the multi-cam Odd Couple — versus the single-cam Community — is “a better fit for the life I have now,” adding, “My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”

Given the good terms on which she left Community the door is probably still open for her to make a guest appearance, but I couldn't find a source confirming that.

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  • I did see that article shortly after watching the episode but was then surprised to see her feature in a small featurette at the end of the show especially as those articles are dated from September and October last year – EdChum Mar 17 '15 at 22:30

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