‘Fresh Off the Boat’: Why is Constance Wu Upset that the Show Got Renewed?

Usually, as an actor or actress, a show that you are on being renewed is a good thing. But when news broke that Fresh off the Boat was renewed for a sixth season, actress Constance Wu was anything but happy.

On Friday, the actress who plays Jessica Huang on the show, took to Twitter to express her dismay.

“So upset right now that I’m literally crying,” she tweeted. “Ugh. F—.”

But that wasn’t the end of her tirade. Later, she continued, writing “F—ing hell.”

Even fans congratulating Wu couldn’t get her to change her mood.

“Congrats on your renewal! Great news :),” one user wrote to which Wu responded, “no it’s not.”

Fans call Wu out

Fans of the show were not too happy with Wu’s ungrateful response to the show being renewed and were quick to call her out. The actress responded to fans, claiming that her tweets weren’t about the show at all.

“That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk,” she tweeted. “I say f— 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 continued, trying to diffuse the situation.

“I said I was upset and crying,” she tweeted. “I did not say it was over a tv show. You’re making an assumption.”

Wu apologizes for rude tweets

Though Wu initially said that her tweets were not referring to Fresh off the Boat getting renewed, she later changed her tune and posted an apology for the whole situation on Twitter.

“I love FOTB,” her statement read. “I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about. So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project and not about FOTB.”

“But I understand how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled,” she wrote. “So here is me unmuddling it with my truth: FOTB is a great show that I’m proud of and that I enjoy. I’ve gotten to fully explore my character and I know her like the back of my hand. So playing Jessica is fun and easy and pleasant. I get to work with a kind and pleasant cast/crew. Which makes it all quite enjoyable — so obviously I don’t dislike doing a show that is fun and easy and pleasant.”

What Wu, who has been on FOTB since 2015, was really upset about was missing an opportunity to grow.

“I was disappointed in not being able to do that other project — because that other project would have challenged me as an artist — that other project would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all. Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird,” she said.

Does Wu like being on FOTB?

Though it may not seem like it, Wu actually says that she likes being on the show.

“People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts — that conflict is a part of being human,” she continued. “So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job. I appreciate those who have given me the space and faith to believe what I say about both parts of my heart. Thank you. It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.”

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