Just before production begins, NBC's upcoming comedy series Hungry is already seeing some major changes to its cast. A little over a year after announcing their role on the comedy, Demi Lovato has shared that they will no longer appear in the series.
The Sorry Not Sorry singer's fans are probably sad to hear of the last-minute changes being made to the cast. Hungry was set to star Lovato in their first regular TV role since their job on Disney's Sonny with a Chance, which was canceled in 2011. But although fans won't officially be seeing Lovato on the big screen, the singer will remain on set as an executive producer, alongside manager Scooter Braun. Others set to star in the series include Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, Ryan McPartlin, Alex Brightman, and Ashley D. Kelley. Valerie Bertinelli also joined the cast in June 2021 to play the role of Lovato's on-screen mother.
The 2022 NBC series is a comedy series about a group of people with eating disorders. It centers on members of a food issues group who help and support one another on their journeys in search of love and success, as well as good things to eat. In 2021, Lovato's role on the show was described as "a talented food stylist who wants to have a healthy relationship with food and date men who are good for her – but, like so many of us – it’s a struggle." We're guessing lots of fans could probably relate to that. But it turns out they unfortunately won't be seeing Lovato portray the series' main character. According to Deadline, the singer dropped the role "due to scheduling issues." And although the series has already begun recasting for the role, they reportedly hope to replace Lovato soon so that production "stays on schedule."
Lovato has openly discussed their own struggle with an eating disorder in the past. "I was compulsively overeating when I was 8 years old," they told ABC News in 2011. "So, I guess, for the past 10 years I’ve had a really unhealthy relationship with food." The singer-songwriter has also released a few documentaries about the experiences that have shaped their life and music, including Stay Strong (2012), Simply Complicated (2017), and Dancing with the Devil (2021). So, although the star dropped the role on Hungry, fans can probably count on the Confident singer to be back soon with another project to share with them.