American Gods star Orlando Jones claims he was fired from show over race: 'This white man sits in that decision-making chair'
American Gods star Orlando Jones has claimed he was fired from the show because his character was sending “the wrong message for black America”, an accusation that producers have denied.
In a video posted on Twitter, the actor made public his exit from the Amazon fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman’s novels.
“I’m not going to name names but the new season three showrunner is Connecticut born and Yale-educated, so he’s very smart and he thinks that Mr. Nancy’s angry, get shit done is the wrong message for black America,” said Jones.
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“This white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black BFFs who are his advisors and made it clear to him that if he did not get rid of that angry god Mr Nancy he’d start a Denmark Vesey uprising in this country. I mean, what else could it be?”
Production company Fremantle then told Deadline: “The storylines of American Gods have continually shifted and evolved to reflect the complex mythology of the source material.
“Mr Jones’ option was not picked up because Mr Nancy, among other characters, is not featured in the portion of the book we are focusing on within season three.”
Jones served as a writer and producer on the second season of the show, as well as starring in it as fan favourite Mr Nancy.
American Gods season three will air on Amazon Prime in 2020.