Actor Orlando Jones Says he Was Fired From ‘American Gods’ Because Showrunner Thought his Character Sent “Wrong Message for Black America”

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Orlando Jones
Starz ‘American Gods’ TV Show Panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA – 12 Feb 2019

American Gods actor Orlando Jones said Saturday he was fired from the show in September, and without naming him, blasted showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee for the move in a video he posted on Twitter. “The new Season 3 showrunner is Connecticut born and Yale-educated, so he’s very smart, and he thinks that Mr. Nancy’s angry, get s*** done is the wrong message for black America,” Jones said. “That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black BFFs that are his advisers and made it clear to him that if they did not get rid of that angry god Mr. Nancy, he’d start a Denmark Vesey uprising in the country.”

In another tweet, Jones tagged Gabrielle Union, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum and Mel B, who have voiced concerns with production company Fremantle. “Fremantle is a nightmare. They treated you like a 2nd class citizen for doing your job well,” he said in the tweet. “Stay tuned. More to come.” Union, whose recent firing from Fremantle’s America’s Got Talent caused controversy, responded to his message, writing, “Let’s chat my friend.” A spokesperson for Fremantle has disputed Jones’ claim, saying he was axed for plot reasons. “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 3,” the spokesperson told Deadline.

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SOURCE: Cheat Sheet – Anna Kaplan