by Netflix Cobra Kai returned for season three on january 1, but it lacks a familiar face. In the season three premiere, it is revealed that Aisha’s parents transferred her to a private school after the big fight between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do and put their house up for sale. Considering the importance of the role played by his character during the previous two seasons, his absence is definitely felt. So why did actress Nichole Brown leave the show? Well, it looks like it wasn’t entirely his choice.
In September 2019, Brown announced that she would not resume her role as Aïcha in an Instagram Story, writing, “Officially NOT in #CobraKai Season 3. Too bad, but thank you for the opportunity and time I had on the show.” She added that she was fired because the writers couldn’t find a place for her character in the scripts.
In the second season, we see Aisha act as something of a peacemaker as she navigates the ongoing rivalry between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do and her personal friendships. Although she is a member of Cobra Kai, she is still a loyal friend to Sam. Needless to say, in her absence, tensions between the dojos only escalate in the third season.
Although Brown won’t be in season three, executive producer and co-showrunner Jon Hurwitz has confirmed that the door is open for his character to return in future seasons. “We love Aisha and we love Nichole Brown,” he said. “Some of the characters we loved in Season 1 didn’t appear in Season 2 at all, like Kyler, Yasmine, and Louie. Before the season, we told Nichole the same thing we told those actors: that just Just because a character doesn’t appear for a period of time doesn’t mean they’ve left the universe, they can’t come back in. We love this character, and maybe we’ll see her again someday.
Executive producer and co-showrunner Josh Heald added that there are still a lot of stories to tell since the series has already been renewed for season four. “We have a long story to tell,” he said. “We tend to look at the show from a very long perspective, where the entrances and exits are impactful and important. Sometimes people need to go out to do their thing. [re-entry] a little different and bigger.”