Michael Fishman is leaving ABC The Conners before the show’s fifth season. Although there are no plans for Fishman’s return, Deadline understands that the door remains open for guest appearances in the future.
Fishman played the role of DJ Conner in the original series, rosaannethroughout the show’s 10 seasons and for four seasons on the show’s spin-off, The Conners.
TV line, which also broke the news of Fishman’s departure, confirms that Jayden Rey, who plays Fishman’s daughter on the small screen, will remain a series regular. DJ’s wife, Geena Willams Conner, was written out of the show when Maya Lynne Robinson left after season 1.
Fishman spent time behind the camera at The Conners serving as director in 5 episodes and appeared in front of the camera in 36 episodes.
The rest of the cast, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Emma Kenney, and Ames McNamara, will return when season 5 begins on September 21.