Orlando Jones, American Gods: Actor Wasn’t “Fired” From ‘American Gods’.
The departure of Orlando Jones from the third season of American Gods is not about race, says Fremantle, it is about story.
“The storylines of American Gods have continually shifted and evolved to reflect the complex mythology of the source material,” says a spokesperson for the company to Deadline. “Mr. Jones’ option was not picked up because Mr. Nancy, among other characters, is not featured in the portion of the book we are focusing on within Season 3,” they added.
Earlier today, the actor went online to make public his exit from the now Chic Eglee showrun series. Having never even been invited to join the Toronto-based production of the third season, Jones cited a clash with Eglee was the reason for him being fired, so to speak.
“I’m not going to name names but the new season 3 showrunner is Connecticut born and Yale-educated, so he’s very smart and he thinks that Mr. Nancy’s angry, get shit done is the wrong message for black America,” Jones said on Twitter this morning as you can see in the full video below. “This white man sits in that decision-making chair and I’m sure he has many black bffs who are his advisors and made it clear to him that if he did not get rid of that angry god Mr. Nancy he’d start a Denmark Vesey uprising in this country. I mean, what else could it be?” the actor, who served as a writer and producer on Season 2 of the somewhat troubled show stated.
Not so, says Fremantle hours later.
“Several new characters, many of which have already been announced, will be introduced into Shadow Moon’s world that will further contribute to the show’s legacy as one of the most diverse series on television,” the spokesperson speaking Saturday asserted.
While that may be the official word, what can’t be lost on a number of fans of both Neil Gailman’s award winning book and the Starz series on which it is based is how much and how often the adaptation has strayed in Seasons 1 & 2 from the 2001 novel – as adaptations usually do.
In production right now mainly in the Canadian metropolis, Season 3 of American Gods is primarily focused on the chilling Lakeside portion of EP Gaiman’s fictional tome.
Starting in Chapter Nine of the battling deities novel, Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle in the series, finds himself hiding out from the New Gods in a sub-zero Wisconsin town where mystical forces and the body count both seem to be rising. Icy Lakeside and its mysteries return poignantly later in the book as the war between the Odin-led Old Gods and the Mr. World-fronted New Gods heats up.