Original 'Last Man Standing' cast member phasing out of the show: 'She hasn't been back, unfortunately'

Kaitlyn Dever's role on "Last Man Standing" will continue to dwindle, according to the show's executive producer.

Dever plays Tim Allen's youngest daughter on the fan-favorite sitcom, which aired on ABC for six seasons and was picked up by Fox after its cancelation. Although she was a series staple during its initial run, she was noticeably absent in season 7, appearing in just seven out of 22 episodes — and that number will be even smaller for season 8: She's currently slated for just one episode, the season premiere.

"She hasn't been back, unfortunately, but everyone talks to her," Kevin Abbott, the show's executive producer, told TVLine, adding that he's actively trying to schedule her "even for just a couple of days."

Producers hope to snag Dever for "a few episodes each season because she's a part of our family, and she works really hard to do that."

Although "Last Man Standing" fans will be disappointed by the news, it's simply an indicator of how Dever's career has accelerated over the past few years. The 23-year-old received her first Golden Globe nomination earlier this year for Netflix's "Unbelievable," and her comedy "Booksmart" was one of the buzziest movies of 2019.

PHOTOS: Kaitlyn Dever through her career

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HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 09: Actor Kaitlyn Dever attends Bella Thorne's 13th Birthday Party on October 9, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Last Christmas Standing" - When Mike's grandson's deadbeat dad suddenly reappears, Mike struggles to keep his stress levels at bay and stay focused on holiday feelings of forgiveness and good will. Meanwhile, Ed hires Mandy as an undercover elf to keep an eye out for shoplifters, on "Last Man Standing," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Peter "Hopper" Stone/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)TIM ALLEN, KAITLYN DEVER
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kaitlyn Dever attends the XBOX Miracle Of Music Benefit In Honor Of The 2011 AMAs Hosted By Kevin Jonas And Special Guest DJ "C-Squared" Connor Cruise at Siren Studios on November 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Kaitlyn Dever attends the 2011 TV Guide Magazine Hot List Party at Greystone Manor Supperclub on November 7, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" -- Although Mike is thrown for a loop when he meets his new neighbors, a loving lesbian couple, he is impressed with the similar interests he shares with one of the women. Also, when Mandy catches her boyfriend in a lie, she enlists help from Kristin and Eve to make a revenge music video, on "Last Man Standing," TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Mitch Haddad/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)KAITLYN DEVER, MOLLY EPHRAIM, ALEXANDRA KROSNEY
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 02: Kaitlyn Dever attends the "Real Steel" Los Angeles Premiere at Gibson Amphitheatre on October 2, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Home Security" - When a neighbor's home gets broken into, Mike thinks his fists and a cabinet full of rifles are enough to keep a home intruder at bay. But Vanessa thinks otherwise and rallies the neighbors to start a Neighborhood Watch program. While Mike patrols the block, he gets wrapped up in some neighborhood gossip which gets him into hot water, on "Last Man Standing," TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Peter "Hopper" Stone/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)KAITLYN DEVER, TIM ALLEN, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - "Putting a Hit on Christmas" - Vanessa, worn out from the recent Thanksgiving holiday, longs for the quiet, no-fuss Christmases when it was just her and Mike. Since he doesn't have a clue about what to get Vanessa for Christmas, he decides a family-free holiday is the perfect gift, and now must figure out a way to get Boyd and the girls away for the holidays. Meanwhile, Ed mistakenly shoots an American bald eagle instead of a turkey, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Carin Baer Walt Disney Television via Getty Images/ via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER
LAST MAN STANDING - "Bridezilla vs. The Baxters" - As the big day approaches, Mandy has turned into a full-blown bridezilla. She fires her wedding planner, puts her whole family to work and refuses to let Kyle wear sneakers with his suit. Tired of Mandy's behavior, Ed opts out of the festivities all together, leaving Mandy to re-cast the role of Kyle's best man. In the end, Mandy realizes that all she really needs on their wedding day is to be surrounded by family, and the most important thing of all is her love for Kyle, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER
LAST MAN STANDING - "Breaking Boyd" - Boyd has become a discipline problem at school, resisting sitting still in class and getting bored easily. When Kristin explains that the school counselor suggests he go on medicine for ADHD, both Ryan and Mike passionately disagree. Meanwhile, with some extra help, Mandy spends all of her time studying in an effort to get good grades for a change on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Nicole Wilder/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) FLYNN MORRISON, KAITLYN DEVER
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Kaitlyn Dever attends the LA Mission Thanksgiving For The Homeless event at Los Angeles Mission on November 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Kaitlyn Dever attends the 2013 P.S. Arts Express Yourself at Barker Hangar on November 17, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Shoveling Snow" -- After a big snowstorm, Eve is thrilled because now she can start her annual snow shoveling business. But when she finds out her neighbor has beaten her to it, she gets a lesson from Mike on capitalism and the free market, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Tony Rivetti/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - "Changing Light Bulbs" - When Mike realizes Vanessa has given away his remaining and beloved incandescent light bulbs, he and Chuck go on a mission to track down some of the old-school bulbs. Meanwhile, Mandy announces she's moving out of the house into her own apartment but leaves out a major detail, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER, TIM ALLEN
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Kaitlyn Dever attends "Laggies" New York Premiere at Crosby Street Hotel on October 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Mike and the Mechanics" - To snap Eve out of her funk of not getting into West Point Academy, Mike hopes that taking her to Outdoor Man will show her different career options. But both Mike and Vanessa are taken aback by the unexpected influence that car mechanic Joe (guest star Jay Leno) has on her. Meanwhile, Mandy makes Kristin feel like they no longer have anything in common, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 (8:00--8:31 p.m. EST) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - "Polar Run" - When Mike and Vanessa need a sure winner on their annual college alumnae 5k race teams, they go to extreme measures to see who will win over Eve. Meanwhile, Kristin senses work might get tricky when Ed hires his girlfriend, Wendi (guest star Joely Fisher), to be the new hostess at The Outdoor Man Grill, on "Last Man Standing," FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER
LAST MAN STANDING - Where Theres Smoke, Theres Ire Mandy takes a new interest in vaping, and while disappointing to her parents, it also sparks memories of Vanessas old smoking habits. As Vanessa and fellow teacher Sheryl (Maria Canals-Barrera) commiserate in their stress of the looming teachers strike, Ryan and Kristin discover a secret safe in their basement. Later on, Mike finds out that Vanessa has been secretly smoking and must find a way to gently confront her, on Last Man Standing, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 (8:008:31 p.m. EDT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actress Kaitlyn Dever attends the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary special screening and HFPA holiday reception at Paramount Studios on December 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 882 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kaitlyn Dever during an interview with host Seth Meyers on September 12, 2019 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Kaitlyn Dever attends the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GQ)
LAST MAN STANDING: L-R: Tim Allen and Kaitlyn Dever in the "The Gift of the Mike Guy" episode of LAST MAN STANDING airing Friday, Dec. 14 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: Kaitlyn Dever attends The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala at Milk Studios on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: Kaitlyn Dever attends the Christian Louboutin & Laura Brown Celebrate The Debut Of The 'ELISA' at The Paramour Estate on December 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Christian Louboutin )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Kaitlyn Dever attends the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Kaitlyn Dever attends the HFPA and THR Golden Globe Ambassador Party at Catch LA on November 14, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
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“She’s a star, and we’ve always known that,” Abbott said. “She’s a phenomenal talent, and nobody deserves all of these accolades more than she does. She’s just so gifted and such a wonderful, genuine person. With that being said, yes, she is just crazy busy."

"Last Man Standing" has seen its share of hard-to-navigate casting issues: The show centers on a man (Allen), his wife and their three daughters, and all three of said daughters have proved difficult to keep. The role of oldest daughter Kristen was originally played by Alexandra Krosney; she was replaced by Amanda Fuller in season 2. Separately, actress Molly Ephraim played middle daughter Mandy for six full seasons before leaving the show; Molly McCook now plays the same role.

At the time of that re-casting, Abbott said producers "fully expected" backlash.

"It’s a little jarring then you grow to love her," he told EW of the sudden switch. "We hope the audience starts to feel the way we do."

PHOTOS: Former "Last Man Standing" star Molly Ephraim

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LAST MAN STANDING - 'Heavy Meddle' - When Eve's boyfriend, Rob (guest star Travis Tope), doesn't invite her to his parents' anniversary party, Vanessa feels that Eve should tell him how this makes her feel. But Mike disagrees and thinks it's better for Eve to not say anything. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan think it's beyond the airy Mandy and Kyle to find the hidden clues in an escape room, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'My Name Is Rob' - It's Christmas dinner at The Baxters, and the time has finally come for Eve to introduce her new boyfriend, Rob (Travis Tope), to her dad, Mike, and the rest of the clan. After learning about a secret Rob's been keeping, Mike questions whether or not he approves of this guy for his daughter. Meanwhile, Mandy puts Kristin up to dropping hints to Kyle on what to get her for Christmas, but he's got something else in mind that's sure to surprise her, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Shoveling Snow' -- After a big snowstorm, Eve is thrilled because now she can start her annual snow shoveling business. But when she finds out her neighbor has beaten her to it, she gets a lesson from Mike on capitalism and the free market, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) AMANDA FULLER, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Heavy Meddle' - When Eve's boyfriend, Rob (guest star Travis Tope), doesn't invite her to his parents' anniversary party, Vanessa feels that Eve should tell him how this makes her feel. But Mike disagrees and thinks it's better for Eve to not say anything. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan think it's beyond the airy Mandy and Kyle to find the hidden clues in an escape room, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Force' - Mike and Vanessa want Eve to focus on applying for college, but when she finally chooses where she will attend, her firm decision is not the one they expected. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy think they're doing the right thing when they preserve the legacy of Ed's recently deceased dog by having him stuffed, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM, HECTOR ELIZONDO
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Explorers' - Mike is thrilled when he is offered to submit an artifact to a renowned museum but things get complicated when Ed admits that this is an honor he's wanted his entire life. Meanwhile, Mike and his poker buddies decide to go through their colonoscopy prep together; and the girls decide to have a slumber party reminiscent of old times, but things don't go as planned when Vanessa invites herself, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM, NANCY TRAVIS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Trick or Treat' - It's Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who's reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they'll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as... Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she's being laid off, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER, TIM ALLEN, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A New Place for One of Our People' - Having a difficult time supporting Eve's gap year, Mike gives her a hard lesson on surviving in the real world, but Eve's unexpected reaction throws Mike for a loop. Meanwhile, Kyle wants to give Mandy the best wedding gift imaginable, so taking inspiration from a story he read online, he works on turning a laser pointer into a car by way of some old-fashioned bartering, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM, CHRISTOPH SANDERS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Gameday Forecast: Showers' - When a Jack and Jill wedding shower for Mandy and Kyle is announced, Mike is disappointed to learn it's on the same day as the big Broncos-Chargers game. In an effort to catch the game with Joe (Jay Leno) and the guys, Mike convinces the couple to hold separate showers. Ryan offers to host the men's festivities at his place, and to Mike's dismay, he's more into party planning than anyone would have thought. Meanwhile, Ed's convinced that sticking to his superstitious rituals is the only way to see to it that the Broncos pull out a big win, even if it means interfering with Mandy's wedding shower, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Molly Ephraim arrives at the ABC TCA 'Winter Press Tour 2015' Red Carpet on January 14, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Changing Light Bulbs' - When Mike realizes Vanessa has given away his remaining and beloved incandescent light bulbs, he and Chuck go on a mission to track down some of the old-school bulbs. Meanwhile, Mandy announces she's moving out of the house into her own apartment but leaves out a major detail, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM, NANCY TRAVIS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Stud Muffin' - The Baxter's neighbor Chuck Larabee stops by with his German Shepard, Lady, to let them know that their tiny dog, Muffin, has impregnated his dog. Chuck is very selective about who Lady breeds with because purebred German Shepard puppies are in demand, and he's not pleased at the litter of mutts Muffin has caused. Meanwhile, Eve takes the highroad and leaves a note on the parked car that Mandy hit, but somehow Mandy reaps the benefits of her sister's integrity, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images) KAITLYN DEVER, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Elfie' - In the spirit of Christmas, the sometimes self-absorbed Mandy plays Santa by anonymously arranging a holiday surprise for Blanca, the Baxters' housekeeper. Also, when Vanessa gives Boyd a 'magical' Elf doll, Ryan wants to tell Boyd it is just a doll, but Mike wants to prove to Ryan that a little Christmas spirit is not a bad thing, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Molly Ephraim attends the Woodcraft Rangers 90th anniversary celebration at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on May 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Bridezilla vs. The Baxters' - As the big day approaches, Mandy has turned into a full-blown bridezilla. She fires her wedding planner, puts her whole family to work and refuses to let Kyle wear sneakers with his suit. Tired of Mandy's behavior, Ed opts out of the festivities all together, leaving Mandy to re-cast the role of Kyle's best man. In the end, Mandy realizes that all she really needs on their wedding day is to be surrounded by family, and the most important thing of all is her love for Kyle, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images) CHRISTOPH SANDERS, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - ABC's 'Last Man Standing' stars Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter. (Bob D'Amico ABC/ via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Molly Ephraim attends 2018 HFPA and InStyle's TIFF Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for InStyle)
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