December 16, 2019
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Orlando Jones tweeted a video out to fans over the weekend, revealing that he was fired from the hit STARZ series, ‘American Gods.’
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) December 14, 2019
Jones played the role of Mr. Nancy, a character present in both seasons 1 and 2. In his rant, he called out the new showrunner, who is the third the series has seen, stating that he was let go because the showrunner thought his character sent “the wrong message to Black America.”
“September 10, 2018, I was fired from ‘American Gods’, there will be no more Mr. NancyDon’t let these motherf***ers tell you they love Mr. Nancy, they don’t. I’m not gonna name names but the new season 3 showrunner is a Connecticut boy, Yale-educated, so he’s very smart. He thinks Mr. Nancy’s angry, get s*** done, is the wrong message for Black America. That’s right, this White man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many Black BFFs that are his advisors and made it clear to him that if they did not get rid of that angry god he’d start a Denmark D.C. uprising in this country. I mean, what else could it be?”
The 51-year-old ‘Drumline’ actor ended the video by thanking the show’s creators for the opportunity and for allowing him to partake in writing for the second season.
Since these claims producers of the show have spoken out saying that the decision to write off Mr. Nancy was not racially charged.
TELL US: Fair or Foul? Will You Miss Mr. Nancy?