Christina Applegate exiting "Up All Night"

Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in a scene from "Up All Night." NBC

Christina Applegate is leaving behind her starring role on the NBC comedy series "Up All Night."

"It's been a great experience working on 'Up All Night,' but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors," Applegate said in a statement released Friday, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always."

Series creator and executive producer Emily Spivey had left the show back in January, with no fewer than three other producers having served in the showrunner position since the series first began in 2011.

"Up All Night" starred Applegate as Reagan Brinkley, with Will Arnett co-starring as her husband, Chris, and Maya Rudolph as her best friend Ava.

Some have questioned how the show will be able to continue without Applegate. Deadline, which first broke the news of the actress' departure, reports that NBC could be eyeing former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow as a potential replacement for Applegate.

The series was also set to change from a single-camera format to multi-camera one during the next part of its second season.

Tell us: Do you think "Up All Night" can go on without Applegate?

  • CBS News Staff

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