Michael Ausiello
December 22, 2009 AT 05:43 PM EST

I hate to be the bearer of rotten news just three days before Christmas, but I just learned that one of my (and no doubt your) favorite Nurse Jackie characters will not be returning for the show’s upcoming second season.

I’m taking about Mohammed “Mo-Mo” De La Cruz, the sasstastic gay nurse played by Haaz Sleiman. A Showtime rep confirmed that Sleiman is no longer with the acclaimed dramedy (which returns on March 22), but provided no further details. A rep for Sleiman, meanwhile, says producers felt “the character’s storyline ran its course… We were surprised. It came out of left field.”

Adding insult to injury, I just screened the first two episodes of Season 2 and Mo-Mo’s departure isn’t even addressed. Not even his best bud Jackie acknowledges his absence. It’s as if he never existed! (UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that Jackie does, in fact, give her former BFF a teensy shout-out within the first two episodes. And I do mean teensy. I’m not surprised I missed it.)

Not cool. Not cool at all.

Photo Credit: Ken Regan/Showtime

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