‘The Chi’: What Will Happen to Brandon Now That Jason Mitchell Has Been Fired?
Since The Chi debuted in 2018, the Showtime drama has focused on Brandon Johnson (Jason Mitchell), an aspiring chef grinding to open a restaurant along with his girlfriend, Jerrika Little (Tiffany Boone). But changes are ahead now that Mitchell has been fired from the show over a bevy of sexual misconduct allegations made by his co-workers.
So what’s gonna happen to Brandon in Season 3, you ask? Well, Gary Levine, Showtime’s co-president of entertainment, revealed Brandon’s fate on Aug. 2, and it’s pretty sad.
WARNING. This post contains some spoilers.
Season 3 of The Chi will include a harsh scene
According to Variety, Levine told the press on Aug. 2 that Brandon dies in the upcoming season.
“There is a lot of great life in ‘The Chi’ and there’s also death in ‘The Chi’ and that’s how we’ll be dealing with it,” Levine told the audience during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
It’s unclear how the show plans on framing his death, but there are clues that Douda could be involved. Fans might remember that in Season 2, Brandon discovered that Otis “Douda” Perry (his investor) is the leader of the 63rd Street Mob. He then decides to flip on his business partner and work with police to bring him down. But the decision could catch up to him. Viewers will have to wait until the upcoming season to find out.
Inside the allegations against Mitchell
News broke back in May that Showtime fired Mitchell from the show due to sexual harassment allegations from showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis and Boone. He also faced similar accusations during the production of the Netflix flick “Desperados,” leading to his removal from the project.
Mitchell’s alleged conduct had been an issue since Season 1. Despite HR training, his alleged behavior continued, and Boone asked to be released from the show. But Mitchell’s spot on the show remained — even though show creator Lena Waithe has been vocal about creating a safe work environment.
“I’ve been very involved in Time’s Up and that movement, and for season two, we’re making sure that women feel safe,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in June 2018. “[I]f you want to play that game and be disrespectful or misbehave on set with an actress or anyone, I’ll happily call Showtime and say, ‘This person has to go,’ and you will get shot up and it’ll be a wonderful finale.”
But Waithe later told The Breakfast Club that she did not know much about the allegations.
“I knew what I was dealing with on the show, but I wasn’t made aware of anything going on with Tiffany until after the season had wrapped and when Tiffany and I had a conversation – and out of respect for her privacy, ’cause the conversation we had was private – we did discuss stuff that was just inappropriate,” she explained. “And I remember looking at her – ’cause we were facetiming – and I was like, ‘Yo! This is not cool! I feel awful that you had this experience on my set that’s not pleasant…’”
While she said she did not condone Mitchell’s alleged behavior, she noted that she’s not “really in control over who stays or goes on the show.”
“I don’t have the power to fire anybody. … I don’t own ‘The Chi,” she told the hosts.
But it worked out. Stay tuned to see how the show handles Mitchell’s departure.