Orlando Jones says he was fired from ‘American Gods’ and is putting blame on the series’ new showrunner.
Interestingly enough, the production company responsible for the show is Fremantle Media — the same company responsible for producing ‘America’s Got Talent.’
If you’ve been paying attention, Fremantle Media is the same company — owned by Simon Cowell — that was partly responsible for Gabrielle Union’s firing.
OJ went on the attack Saturday morning in a video he posted to his social media, saying he was fired from the STARZ series a few months ago in September … a decision he appears to be pinning on TV screenwriter Charles “Chic” Eglee, who got tapped to head up season 3.
Check out the clip … Orlando — who played Mr. Nancy for the first two seasons on ‘AG’ — says the new showrunner apparently felt his character’s “angry, get-s**t-done” attitude was the wrong message to broadcast to black America. Clearly, Orlando thinks that’s BS.
He goes on to say, “That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair. And I’m sure he has many black BFFs who are his advisers and 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.”
Orlando goes on to thank the OG showrunners — Neil Gaiman, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green — for letting him become a writer/producer on the show, as well as fans of course.
In a separate post, Orlando also blasts Fremantle Media, the production company behind “American Gods” and several other TV shows, including “America’s Got Talent.” Speaking of that, OJ tags Nick Cannon, Gabrielle Union, Mel B and other stars … saying they’ve all claimed the company is a nightmare and treats its talent like “2nd class citizen(s).”
He seems to agree with that characterization. As far as Eglee, Orlando doesn’t name drop him — but there’s only been one new showrunner announced for season 3, and it’s him.
We see why Simon has lawyered up. They’ve been over there making BIG messes at Fremantle.
Correction: I was fired Sept 10, 2019 like @itsgabrielleu @OfficialMelB @NickCannon @heidiklum all have said @FremantleUS is a nightmare. They treated you like a 2nd class citizen for doing your job to well. Stay tuned. More to come. #AngryGetsShitDone pic.twitter.com/DQYtaMfs8O
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) December 14, 2019
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 14, 2019