‘Blackish’ Creator Kenya Barris Reportedly Planning To Leave ABC

by Krystal Franklin

April 4, 2018

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Could Netflix be the reason Kenya Barris is reportedly looking for an early exit at ABC? The Hollywood Reporter says the Blackish although he reportedly “signed a four-year deal in 2017, he’s eyeing the possibility of joining Shonda Rhimes in obtaining a Netflix deal.”

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This news comes after a tough few months between the Emmy nominated show and its team of creators, first in regards to Tracee Ellis Rosssalary negations and then over a politically charged episode. Reportedly, “The episode was poised to feature star Anthony Anderson’s Dre relaying his concerns about the current stage of the country to his son.” Neither the network or Barris could come to a compromise over the final product and the episode never aired. It’s also important to note that the series as not been renewed for a fifth season.

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The cast, which includes Ross, Anthony Anderson, Jenifer Lewis, Yara Shahidi, Laurence Fishburne, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner, took the stage at the 49th NAACP Image Awards in January to thank the writers of the show after winning Outstanding Comedy Series.

While we love the idea of a black man owning a series on the network, it could be time to part ways.

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