As comedies go, Zooey Deschanel's New Girl is a good'un, with some really great characters and plenty of solid one-liners, especially from the legend that is Schmidt. So never fear, it is not his good self that is departing the show, it's actually actor Damon Wayans Jr who plays Coach in the series.
Phew! Right? We won't lie, we never really took to Coach, probably because he was in the show's pilot, then abandoned it to join the cast of Happy Endings. So Winston (Lamorne Morris) came in to replace him, but then Coach rocked back up again two seasons later, making that loft awfully crowded if you ask us... although he has his moments.
Wayans announced his plans to leave New Girl after the show's current season ends, telling TVline; “I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach. Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career."
New Girl's creator Liz Meriwether said in a statement: "We love Damon and are so lucky to have had him return for the past season and a half. We are working on crafting an exit for him that will leave the door open for many more returns, especially since 'Coach' is our resolution to the upcoming 'Who's Jess' Baby Daddy?' storyline."
Actress Zooey Deschanel recently announced she was pregnant but we think Liz is joking here as they've said previously that they won't be incorporating her pregnancy into the show. If they do, it's got to be Nick's right? Sigh. We'll always be rooting for those two.