Over the weekend, Constance Wu made headlines about her reaction to news of Fresh Off The Boat’s renewal. ABC just officially addressed the controversy.
At a teleconference call with the press, one reporter asked if the role of the show’s matriarch would be recast.
“No, there has been no thoughts on recasting Constance. We love what she does on the show and we love the show,” ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said.
“I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity that, had Fresh Off the Boat not gone forward, she would have pursued,” she shared. “But we never really considered not bringing back Fresh Off the Boat. The show is just too strong and we love it.”
“I’m going to choose to believe Constance’s most recent communication about the show — that she is happy to return,” Karey continued. “The cast and crew is happy to have her back and we’re thrilled to keep her with the show.”
The whole drama began on Friday, when Constance went on Twitter after news dropped that Fresh Off The Boat was getting a sixth season.
“So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F—k,” she tweeted on Friday (May 10), followed by, “F—king hell.”
And, when a fan congratulated her on the renewal and called it “great news,” she reportedly replied, “No, it’s not” in a since-deleted tweet.
Both the f-bombs and her reaction appeared to have surprised many – and a few hours later, she went on Twitter to write: “That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk. I say f–k 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 also added: “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 f—k-thank u too😘”