ABC network bosses are standing by Constance Wu. This comes after the actress appeared to be far from happy her TV show, Fresh Off the Boat had been picked up for a sixth season.
The Crazy Rich Asians star hit the headlines last week, May 10 when she reacted angrily to the TV news on Twitter, writing, “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F**k.”
ABC network executive, Karey Burke told a teleconference yesterday that no thought was given to recasting Wu’s role. Wu plays the sitcom’s mom and Burke said she’s choosing to believe her most recent comment, that she’s happy to return to Fresh Off the Boat.
But pitching ABC’s lineup to advertisers later Tuesday, the network executive couldn’t resist a dig. She said, “Fresh Off the Boat will air Friday nights. Still starring Constance Wu.”
Wu has apologized for what she called “insensitive” comments and said she loves the sitcom. She said she was temporarily frustrated that it would keep her from working on a passion project. She explained that the renewal meant she had to…
“give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about Fresh Off the Boat.” She went on to call the series “great” and something she’s “proud of.” She also acknowledged her words were ill-timed and “insensitive.”