While the "Fresh Off the Boat" actress expressed disappointment in the show's renewal, ABC president says Wu's not going anywhere.
With ABC's Upfront presentation today in NYC, all eyes were on network president Karey Burke as she addressed Constance Wu's controversial tweets from last week.
The "Fresh Off the Boat" actress posted a series of tweets and Instagram comments expressing disappointment after the show was renewed for another season. She later deleted some of her posts, explaining she was looking forward to another project she now had to turn down.
"There's been no talk of recasting Constance," said Burke on Tuesday. "We love what she does on the show and we love the show. I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity that had 'Fresh Off the Boat' not gone forward, she would've pursued."
According to Burke, however, the show's renewal was never really in question. "We never really considered not bringing back 'Fresh Off the Boat,'" she said. "The show is just too strong for us and we love it."
"I'm going to choose to believe Constance's most recent communication about the show, that she is happy to return," added Burke. "The cast and crew is happy to have her back and we're thrilled to have her on the show."
While most actors would be thrilled to learn their network show was picked up for another season, the "Crazy Rich Asians" star had the opposite reaction on Friday afternoon. In a series of tweets, Wu wrote she was "so upset" and was "literally crying" ... amongst other remarks. She also commented "Dislike" on the show's Instagram post confirming the pickup.
Although the "Crazy Rich Asians" star deleted some of her comments and initially blamed them on a "rough day," she issued a lengthy statement on Twitter Saturday morning, further explaining her unusual reaction. According to Wu, she was angry over the renewal because she was looking forward to challenging herself on another project she can no longer do.
"These words are my truth. I hope you hear them," Wu wrote alongside the screenshot of her statement.
"I love FOTB. I was temporarily upset not bc I hate the show but its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about," she began in the message. "So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB."
"But I understand how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled. So here is me unmuddling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I'm proud of and that I enjoy," she continued. "I've gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant. I get to work with a kind and pleasant cast/crew. Which makes it all quite enjoyable -- So obviously I don't dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant."
Read her full statement below:
These words are my truth. I hope you hear them pic.twitter.com/l6SvbFcUlj— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 11, 2019