Mandy Moore Exits ‘Pulling,’ ABC Adds Jenny Slate

Mandy Moore drops out ABC pilot

Update: With Mandy Moore out, ABC has cast another lady in their pilot Pulling. reports that former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate has joined the show. But Slate won’t be filling Moore’s old role as Louise — she will instead be playing a woman named Donna.

Before: Sometimes, when something isn’t right, you have to make a change. It may not be easy, but when it comes to television, producers must decide how to best execute a show so that an audience will be thoroughly enthralled. Such a decision was made recently by the producers of the ABC pilot, Pulling, and one of its stars, Mandy Moore. According to, Moore has exited the show.

Moore was originally cast to play Louise, a dysfunctional woman looking to lock down a husband. But castings reportedly caused Louise’s character to evolve into a different direction. This changed apparently lead to Moore dropping out of her commitment. “Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us,” the show’s producers said. “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.”

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It appears that Moore doesn’t hold a grudge against the network for changing her character. “Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore said. “And in this case, Lee and Gene 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 UK, I hope it gets the audience it deserves here.”

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