Constance Wu is less than thrilled with the renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat”, but she’s sticking with the show.
The 37-year-old actress, whose star wattage has increased since starring in last summer’s “Crazy Rich Asians”, posted a series of stunning NSFW tweets Friday afternoon, less than one hour after ABC officially renewed the Asian-led comedy for a sixth season.
After several days of controversy over her tweets, followed by an apology and clarification from Wu, the president of ABC Entertainment Karey Burke spoke on the subject in a conference call on Tuesday.
“There’s been no thought to recasting Constance,” she said, according to TV Guide. “We love what she does on the show. I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity had ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ not gone forward she would have pursued. But we never really considered not bringing back ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, it was just too strong.”
Burke added, “I’m going to choose to believe Constance’s most recent communication about the show that she’s happy to return and the cast and crew is happy to have her back.”
The controversy all began on Friday when news broke that “Fresh Off the Boat” had been renewed.
“So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F**k,” Wu wrote soon after, without referring to the “Fresh Off the Boat” renewal.
The actress followed that up with another NSFW tweet, writing, “F**king hell.”
When a fan responded by congratulating her on the comedy’s pickup and saying that it was “great news,” Wu slammed it by simply tweeting in her reply, “No it’s not.”
Following the furor over her tweets, Wu later offered a followup in which she apologized for her profanity, claiming her words came “on the heels of a rough day” and implied they weren’t referencing the show’s pickup, insisting she’s “proud to be a part of it.”
Several hours later, Wu returned to Twitter to offer a more detailed explanation, writing that she was “temporarily upset” because the renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat” meant that she “had to give up another project that I was really passionate about.”
Insisting she doesn’t “hate the show,” Wu wrote that she understands “how that could feel interconnected and could get muddled.”
Describing her “FOTB” role as “fun and easy and pleasant,” she admitted she was “disappointed in not being able to do that other project,” which “would have challenged me as an artist” and “would have been really hard and not easy or pleasant at all.”
She added: “People ‘assumed’ that that meant I don’t love and enjoy ‘FOTB’. But I do love and enjoy it. I hope you believe me.”
ET has reached out to Wu’s rep. ABC declined to comment.
Randall Park (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”, “Always Be My Maybe”) also stars in the half-hour series, whose ensemble cast includes Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, Ray Wise and Chelsey Crisp.
When news of the renewal came through, Yang praised the pickup with a celebratory tweet.
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