‘American Gods’: The Shocking Reason Orlando Jones Was Fired From Playing Mr. Nancy
Though Season 2 was nowhere near as beloved as the first season of Starz’s American Gods — Season 3 is still on the horizon. Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s powerful novel — the series follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Wittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) on their journey to unpack the hidden magic across America.
When Season 1 of American Gods debuted back in 2017, the show was met with great reviews. However, after the freshman season, showrunner and head writer Bryan Fuller and Michael Green quit the show throwing it into chaos. It led to a new showrunner and a slew of actors including Gillian Anderson leaving the show.
Now that Season 3 has been confirmed — Orlando Jones who played Mr. Nancy on the show just revealed he’s been fired.
‘The Walking Dead’ producer Chic Eglee will be the showrunner for Season 3 of ‘American Gods’
With so much behind the scenes drama, Starz has hired Chic Eglee to try and get American Gods back on track. “I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” Neil Gaiman said in a statement. “Chic is the best partner in crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory.”
Though fans of the show are thrilled that they will see Gaiman’s monstrous world once again, major drama is brewing behind the scenes once more.
Orlando Jones has been fired from playing Mr. Nancy on ‘American Gods’
Jones’ Mr. Nancy — who embodies the folklore of the African spider Anansi was a fan favorite on American Gods. However, we won’t be seeing any more of the colorful character when the show returns in 2020. Now, Jones is revealing what went down.
“There will be no more Mr. Nancy,” Jones shared on Twitter. “Don’t let these motherf—kers tell you they love Mr. Nancy. They don’t. 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 s—t done [attitude] is the wrong message for black America. That’s right. 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 they 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?”
Despite his anger at being unceremoniously fired amid what appears to be a toxic work environment — Jones thanked Gaimen as well as Fuller and Green.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are supporting Orlando Jones
Fuller and Green reportedly left the show due to budget issues and other disagreements, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting their full support behind Jones.
In the follow up to his first tweet — Jones directly called out Fremantle production company, and it looks like he’s ready to get lawyers involved.