Superstore star America Ferrera (Amy) will be leaving the NBC comedy when the fifth season concludes on April 16th. News of her exit comes on the heels of the series renewal from creator Justin Spitzer and Universal Television. Along with starring in the popular sitcom, Fererra also served as an executive producer and directed four episodes.
"The last five years on Superstore have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career. Producing, directing and acting with this wonderful cast and crew has given me opportunities to grow as a person and storyteller. I'm so grateful to my partners at NBC and Universal Television for the support and belief they have always placed in the show, and I'm most thankful to the brilliant Justin Spitzer for creating the funny, smart and relevant world of 'Superstore' and inviting me to be a part of it. As I start the next chapter for my family and career, I wish only the best, and much continued success, to my beloved Superstore family."
— Superstore (@NBCSuperstore) February 28, 2020
The series went through a showrunner transition from Spitzer, who moved to development. Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green took over.
"America is a force of nature who not only pours her heart and soul into acting and producing on Superstore, but into the many causes and initiatives she supports. Over the last five seasons she has earned our gratitude and respect."
– Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television
"America's immeasurable contributions to Superstore, both in front of and behind the camera as well as an ambassador for the show, can't possibly be quantified. We feel so fortunate to call her both a colleague and friend."
– Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
Ferrera previously starred in ABC's Ugly Betty, and had a recurring role on CBS' The Good Wife. She also provides the voice of Astrid in Dreamworks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon franchise.