Orlando Jones says he was let go from the Starz series American Gods and will not reprise his role of Mr. Nancy in the upcoming third season. The 51-year-old Jones is claiming the new showrunner, Charles Eglee, thinks his “angry” character sends the “wrong message for black America.” The cable channel, production company Fremantle and Eglee have not responded the actor’s remarks, made in text posts and in a video message on Twitter.
In May, Eglee was hired to be the new showrunner and head executive producer of American Gods, a show co-created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on a book by iconic fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.
Jones had played Mr. Nancy on American Gods since the show debuted in 2017. Before that, he appeared on Sleepy Hollow and MADtv and in movies such as Evolution, The Time Machine and Office Space. Season 3 of American Gods is set to premiere next year.
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