Comedy actress Constance Wu scrapes through expletive-laden rant
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ABC’s entertainment president said “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu’s job is safe despite her online rant.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” actor posted an expletive-filled complaint last week when the comedy’s renewal was announced.
Wu took to Twitter after Fresh Off the Boat was renewed and said, "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F--k."
She followed up with "F--king hell." And after a fan responded to her tweet with, "Congrats on your renewal! Great news :)" and Wu responded "No it's not."
After her tweets went viral, Wu walked back her comments, E-Online reports.
"Todays tweets were on the heels of rough day&were ill timed w/the news of the show. Plz know, Im so grateful for FOTB renewal. I love the cast&crew. Im proud to be a part of it. For all the fans support, thank u & for all who support my casual use of the word fuck-thank u too," she tweeted on Friday, May 10.
No thought was given to recasting Wu’s role as the sitcom’s mom, network executive Karey Burke told a teleconference Tuesday.
Burke said she’s choosing to believe Wu’s 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. “Fresh Off the Boat” will air Friday nights, Burke said, “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.
Burke said she knew Wu had another opportunity if the show ended, but ABC always intended to renew it for a sixth season.