Jo Marie Payton
Payton was replaced by Judyann Elder partway through the final season of Family Matters.
“I actually made the decision to leave the show two years before I left. I was unhappy about a lot of things. I was going through a divorce, I wasn’t happy on the show — it didn’t mean I did not want to perform as an actress or an artist,” the Georgia native told Entertainment Weekly in September 2017.
She continued: “The way I explain it is that, when you’re a baker, you don’t always want to bake cakes or cookies; you want to bake pies, you want to bake bread. I wanted to do something else.”
The actress provided the voice for Suga Mama Proud on Disney Channel’s The Proud Family from 2001 to 2005. She reprised the role in Disney+’s 2022 revival, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.Back to top