ABC Has ZERO Plans to Recast Constance Wu on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
By Carl Samson
May 15, 2019
ABC has no plans of recasting Constance Wu on “Fresh Off the Boat” following
Just after the announcement of the show’s sixth season, Wu posted a pair of mysterious tweets, with one saying “F***ing hell.”
When one fan responded with “Congrats on your renewal! Great news,” Wu bluntly replied “No it’s not.”
After netizens criticized her for such “privileged” reaction, Wu posted follow-up tweets and a lengthy statement explaining that it was all just a misunderstanding.
“I was temporarily upset yesterday not because I hate the show but because its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about,” Wu wrote. “So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about ‘FOTB.’”
“People ‘assumed’ that I meant I don’t love and enjoy ‘FOTB.’ But I do love and enjoy it. I hope you believe me.”
“Fresh Off the Boat” follows the Huang family — a mother, father, three young brothers and their Mandarin-speaking grandma — from Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando in the mid-1990s.
Wu plays the mother, Jessica, a no-nonsense woman who believes in tough love and prefers the lifestyle in her home of Taiwan over that of the West.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke addressed questions on Wu and announced that she will not be recast with another actress because “we love what she does on the show and we love the show.”
“I’m going to choose to believe Constance’s most recent communication about the show, that she is happy to return, and the cast and crew is happy to have her back and we’re thrilled to keep her in the show,” she said, according to E! News.
Burke added that she was aware of the other opportunity Wu would have pursued if “Fresh Off the Boat” had not gone forward.
However, she pointed out that they never really considered discontinuing the show as it is “just too strong for us and we love it.”
“Fresh Off the Boat” returns to ABC on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. beginning this fall.
Featured Images via Instagram / @freshofftheboatabc
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