Fans are reminiscing over #NewGirl on with Zooey Deschanel

NEW GIRL is an uplifting American sitcom which first started airing on Fox back in 2011, and it stars Zooey Deschanel as Jessica "Jess" Day. Why did Zooey Deschanel leave New Girl?

PUBLISHED: 12:45, Sat, May 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:06, Sat, May 23, 2020

New Girl is as popular as ever as the series has now hit , with all seven seasons available to watch. The sitcom ran for a total of 146 episodes and it saw Deschanel take on the lead role of bubbly teacher Jessica "Jess" Day. Here is everything you need to know about why Zooey Deschanel left New Girl, and what she is up to now.


The series focuses on the life of Jess, a quirky teacher in her 30s who moves into an apartment with a group of other men after her boyfriend Spencer (Ian Wolterstorff) cheated on her.

Already living in the loft apartment in LA are Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris), all of whom are also in their early 30s.

The series follows how the group's relationships progress, both romantically and as roommates, with Nick being in a similar boat to Jess.

He is a bartender who is struggling after breaking up with his long-term girlfriend Caroline, and he and Jess build a strong bond.

The seventh season was made up of eight episodes, with the series finale airing in May 2018, and fans are wondering what happened to Jess actress Zooey Deschanel.

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New Girl: Zooey Deschanel played JessNew Girl: Zooey Deschanel was the star (Image: Getty/Fox)

New Girl: Jess moves in with three other menNew Girl: Jess with her new room mates (Image: Fox)

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Why did Zooey Deschanel leave New Girl?

The star had made a sudden exit from the series during season five, and she did not appear again until the following series.

She was written out of the show so she could give birth to her baby girl Elsie, having announced her pregnancy in 2015.

The actress was on maternity leave for the fifth series, so the creators introduced a plot development which saw Jess take up jury duty.

New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recently told HitFix there were a number of possible plotlines for her character.

She said: "We talked about her maybe going back to Oregon to be back with her family. What was difficult was that it just didn't feel plausible that she wouldn't be in contact with them, that she wouldn't be emailing and calling.

"We wondered if we should bank a bunch of generic Jess advice phone calls. And then we had this idea of sequestering her, because they live in LA and it's the kind of place where they have high-profile [court] cases."

New Girl: Zooey Deschanel as JessNew Girl: Jess was a quirky teacher in the series (Image: Fox)

New Girl: Jess worked as a teacherNew Girl: Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day (Image: Fox)

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