Why Did Mandy Moore Quit ABC Pilot 'Pulling'? It Was A 'Clear' Decision

Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore

Actress Mandy Moore will not be appearing in a television series because she didn’t like the way her character was turning out.

Moore will no longer be starring in the ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Pulling,” Deadline reported riday.

“Pulling” is based on the British series of the same name launched in 2006.

“Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us,” the show's producers told the website. “As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character, and Mandy agreed to do what was best for the show. She’s an immensely gifted actress, and we hope to have the pleasure of working with her again.”

"Pulling" is a show centered on three 30something dysfunctional roommates who begin to live together after one of them calls off her wedding. The 28-year-old actress would have been starring in the series with June Diane Raphael and Jenny Slate.

Her former character, Louise, is desperate yet optimistic about her hunt for a husband.

According to Moore, it was “clear” she needed to leave, Deadline reported.

“Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore said. “And in this case, Lee [Eisenberg] and Gene [Stupnitsky] moved the character in a different direction; it was clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside. They and ABC were very accommodating, and wish them all the best in the fall. It’s a terrific show that worked so well in the U.K., I hope it gets the audience it deserves here.”

The writers of “Pulling,” Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, are also responsible for “Bad Teacher,” the film starring Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz. 

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