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'Fresh Off the Boat' Season 6: Constance Wu will not be fired from ABC show after alleged rant on hearing of show's renewal

After it was announced that the ABC sitcom was renewed for the sixth season, Constance Wu, who plays the role of Jessica Huang, had a rather surprising reaction to the news
UPDATED MAY 16, 2019

Constance Wu's very public display of her disapproval of ABC sitcom 'Fresh Off the Boat's renewal for a sixth season had landed the star in a bit of trouble.

However, the network has decided to ignore the actress' remarks regarding the renewal and revealed that it does not have any plans to recast her character.

Four days ago, 'Fresh Off the Boat' was renewed for a sixth season. While this was a reason to rejoice, the hit sitcom's very own star Constance Wu — who plays the role of Jessica Huang — had an unexpected reaction to the news. "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F***," she tweeted on Friday, and soon followed it up with "F***ing hell."


Fans of the show were not only confused and upset, many also called her out for being ungrateful in a time when there are so many out there who wish they had jobs.

Following this, the 'Crazy Rich Asians' actress felt the need to clarify her comments. She said that her tweets and comments were being misinterpreted and that they were not about 'Fresh Off the Boat' being picked up for renewal.

"That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk. I say fuck a lot. I love the word. Y’all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it’s not what it’s about. No it’s not what this is all about. Stop assuming," she wrote on Twitter.

She added, "I said I was upset and crying. I did not say it was over a tv show. You're making an assumption."

The actress then issued a statement clarifying her comments on social media saying that she was by no means upset about the show's renewal but the fact that 'Fresh Off the Boat's renewal means that she won't be able to give time to another project that she is more passionate about. 


“I love FOTB. I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about (sic ),” she started. The statement doesn't end just there. She then went on to explain that 'Fresh Off the Boat' is easy money and she wants to be artistically challenged.

Wu was nominated for two TCA Awards and four Critics' Choice Television Awards for her role on 'Fresh Off the Boat'. 

However, the actress' disdain for the renewal of the show — which had prompted her to comment 'dislike' on the official Instagram announcement post — didn't seem to have affected her role on the show.


On Tuesday, ABC President Karey Burke told reporters that Constance Wu's actions would not jeopardize her role on the show and that the network does not have any plans on recasting her character.

"There's been no thought to recasting Constance. We love what she does on the show. I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity had ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ not gone forward she would have pursued. But we never really considered not bring back ‘Fresh Off the Boat.’ It was just too strong. I’m going to choose to believe Constance’s most recent communication about the show that she’s happy to return and the cast and crew is happy to have her back."

So, in the end, it's a win-win. Wu gets to keep her job and fans couldn't be happier with the renewal of the show.