Cancer Forces Maura Tierney Off New Show

The former ER actress formally withdraws from NBC's Parenthood

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Having revealed in July she was undergoing surgery for removal of a breast tumor, Maura Tierney has now withdrawn from her upcoming series Parenthood, say trade reports.

The star’s spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter that the former ER actress, 44, is “deeply disappointed” not to be participating in the NBC show, and that “Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive.”

Tierney’s operation had already pushed back the series’ original fall debut date, and Parenthood will now be offered mid-season.

In a network’s statement, NBC said, “While we are saddened that Maura Tierney won’t be able to continue in her current role in Parenthood, our main concern is for her quick and full recovery. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her.”

Through her spokesperson, Tierney thanked the executive producer and NBC “for their patience and support.”

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