Family Matters Forums

ABC (ended 1998)

Why did they changed the mother on Matters?

  • Avatar of SupermanNYC

    SupermanNYC

    [1]Apr 10, 2006
    • member since: 01/27/06
    • level: 45
    • rank: Swizzle-Bird
    • posts: 18,651
    Wanted to know if anyone can tell me why did they changed the mother to a different actrist? if I'm right, it was the last season.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of dayspassions91

    dayspassions91

    [2]Apr 10, 2006
    • member since: 08/20/05
    • level: 6
    • rank: Small Wonder
    • posts: 338
    1.) First of all, you're right; Harriette was recast during the last season, and

    2.) Harriette was recast because JoMarie Payton quit the show. I read somewhere that she felt she wasn't playing the same Harriette she used to play.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of SupermanNYC

    SupermanNYC

    [3]Apr 11, 2006
    • member since: 01/27/06
    • level: 45
    • rank: Swizzle-Bird
    • posts: 18,651
    thanks for the info.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of matthewb7591200

    matthewb7591200

    [4]Apr 11, 2006
    • member since: 06/24/05
    • level: 9
    • rank: Door Number 2
    • posts: 1,010
    She was played by Jo Marie Payton for the first half of the final season though. Judyann Elder played Harriet for the last nine episodes.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of SupermanNYC

    SupermanNYC

    [5]Apr 11, 2006
    • member since: 01/27/06
    • level: 45
    • rank: Swizzle-Bird
    • posts: 18,651
    matthewb7591200 wrote:
    She was played by Jo Marie Payton for the first half of the final season though. Judyann Elder played Harriet for the last nine episodes.
    I know that, I just wanted to know why they took her off the show, but thats again.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of nehe

    nehe

    [6]May 20, 2006
    • member since: 03/16/06
    • level: 1
    • rank: Weatherman
    • posts: 5
    I have know idea. That was a very bad move JoMarie Payton(Harriette)played her character Harriette well she was one of my fav's on the show and to change her was a bad move and at that time the show was coming to an end. It ticked me off cause I didnt like the new Harriette Judyann Elder she just didnt fit.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of buffyjl

    buffyjl

    [7]Jul 23, 2006
    • member since: 06/16/05
    • level: 20
    • rank: Cow Bell
    • posts: 5,102
    Reminds me of how the mother on Fresh Prince was fired, for not getting skinny again after her baby, I think. While her replacement was good, what really stank was how in reunion shows and appearances on other shows, (like Alfonso Ribiero's new show) the new mother appeared.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of joelhandy

    joelhandy

    [8]Jul 26, 2006
    • member since: 04/13/06
    • level: 5
    • rank: Caveman Lawyer
    • posts: 8
    That was a mistake she sucked as Harriet Winslow i heard that Jo Marie Payton did it because she had some health issues and she couldnt continue her role in the show so they decided to end it so they wouldn't go on with the replacement Harriet!
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of nickelback06

    nickelback06

    [9]Jul 31, 2006
    • member since: 06/11/06
    • level: 13
    • rank: Regal Beagle
    • posts: 55
    she quit
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of Animegirlx

    Animegirlx

    [10]Jul 28, 2008
    • member since: 05/02/08
    • level: 7
    • rank: Talk Show Host
    • posts: 251
    JoMarie Payton was great
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of telvisnostic

    telvisnostic

    [11]Jul 28, 2008
    • member since: 06/27/05
    • level: 52
    • rank: Guzzlefish
    • posts: 25,288
    I also heard that she wanted to direct some episodes and that Steve was being too much of a focal point of the show.
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of buffyjl

    buffyjl

    [12]Jun 14, 2010
    • member since: 06/16/05
    • level: 20
    • rank: Cow Bell
    • posts: 5,102

    telvisnostic wrote:
    I also heard that she wanted to direct some episodes and that Steve was being too much of a focal point of the show.


    Imagine if she had directed some shows, they mighta bin better and the show wouldn't abin cancelled.


    I know, it's just a what if...

    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.
  • Avatar of waterlady03

    waterlady03

    [13]Jun 18, 2010
    • member since: 08/04/07
    • level: 6
    • rank: Small Wonder
    • posts: 178

    joelhandy wrote:
    That was a mistake she sucked as Harriet Winslow i heard thatJo Marie Paytondid it because she had some health issues and she couldnt continue her role in the show so they decided to end it so they wouldn't go on with the replacement Harriet!


    Actually that was Rosetta LeNoire who couldn't continue with her role as Mother Winslow because she was having health issues.


    JoMarie Payton quit the show not only because she didn't like the fact that not only her spin-off show from Perfect Strangers was focusing too much on Steve Urkel, but she also wanted to direct a few episodes that didn't involve him. The producers refused and it was their biggest mistake because they lost a good actress. They replaced her with Judyann Elder as Harriette, but she didn't fit the role the same way Payton did.

    Edited on 06/18/2010 9:15am
    You must be registered and logged in to post a message.