The creator of “Mike & Molly” is leaving the CBS comedy series.
Mark Roberts will be stepping down from his showrunner and executive producer roles after three seasons. Al Higgins, who is currently co-exec producer of the show, has now been named the executive producer and will act as showrunner for the upcoming fourth season.
There had been speculation for months that the show’s cast and crew wasn’t happy with Roberts.
Higgins (“Newsradio,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) has been on “Mike & Molly” since after its pilot. He will serve as exec producer alongside Chuck Lorre, who has four series on the air and wasn’t very involved with “Mike & Molly” last season.
The series stars Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell as a couple who met at a Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group and fell in love. Reno Wilson (“Prison Break”), Katy Mixon (“Eastbound & Down”), Nyambi Nyambi and Swoosie Kurtz (“Pushing Daisies”) also star.
Roberts will reportedly focus on other projects. He has also served as a producer and executive producer on “Two and a Half Men”
“Mike & Molly” is slated for a midseason return. The season three finale airs Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET.