ABC backs Constance Wu after her emotional reaction to 'Fresh Off the Boat' renewal




ABC backs Constance Wu after her emotional reaction to 'Fresh Off the Boat' renewal
ABC backs Constance Wu after her emotional reaction to 'Fresh Off the Boat' renewal  

ABC is standing behind Constance Wu after her incendiary comments about the renewal of comedy "Fresh Off the Boat."

On Friday, the actress shared her frustration that the sitcom was picked up for a sixth season, tweeting, "So upset right now that I'm literally crying," along with two expletives. She later apologized for her knee-jerk reaction in a lengthy statement, explaining that she "loves and enjoys" "Fresh Off the Boat," but is "disappointed" that she'll no longer be able to do a project she considers a bigger "artistic challenge" due to scheduling conflicts.

At a Disney press conference Tuesday announcing new and returning programming, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said there are no hard feelings against Wu.

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"There's been no thought to recasting Constance," Burke explained. "We love what she does in 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. But we never really considered not bringing back 'Fresh Off the Boat.' The show's just too strong for us and we love it."

Echoing Wu's statement, in which she implored people to "believe women," Burke ended by saying, "I'm going to choose to believe Constance's most recent communication about the show, that she is happy to return. The cast and crew are happy to have her back, and we're thrilled to keep her in the show."

"Fresh Off the Boat" is based on celebrity chef Eddie Huang's 2013 memoir, and follows a Taiwanese-American family in Florida in the 1990s.

Wu had her big-screen breakout in last summer's "Crazy Rich Asians," and will next star in stripper drama "Hustlers" with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B this fall.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ABC backs Constance Wu after her emotional reaction to 'Fresh Off the Boat' renewal

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