American Gods’ star Orlando Jones has confirmed he‘s been fired from the show by Season Three showrunner, Charles Eglee, and took to Twitter to share the upsetting, yet predictable, news. Jones tweeted a video of himself explaining how Eglee fired him because he was unhappy with the message Jones was sending through the interpretation of the African god of stories Anansi, aka Mr. Nancy. “September 10, 2018, I was fired from American Gods,” Jones says in the video.
“There will be no more Mr. Nancy. Don’t let these motherf**kers tell you they love Mr. Nancy. They don’t. I’m not going to name names, but the new Season Three 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. That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black BFFs who are his advisors who 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 this country. I mean, what else could it be?”
Despite the situation, Jones did have kind words for the creators of ‘American Gods’. “To the wonderful Neil Gaiman, thank you for allowing me to play this role, for opening the door for me to become a writer and a producer on Season Two of American Gods, thank you, sir. To the magnificent Bryan Fuller and the incredible Michael Green, thank you for creating this series and for allowing me also to become Mr. Nancy. I hope the fans enjoyed it because really this is about you and I hope you loved it as much as I loved doing it.”
‘American Gods’ is based on the fantasy novel of the same name by British author Neil Gaiman and is described as a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, centering on the mysterious and taciturn character, Shadow Moon.
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