Starz Boss Says There Was No Ill-Will In Firing Orlando Jones From ‘American Gods’

The President and CEO of Starz, Jeffrey Hirsch, refutes the idea that there was an agenda when firing Orlando Jones from “American Gods”.

Jones, who played Mr. Nancy on the series, accused new showrunner Charles Eglee of having ulterior motives when removing Jones from the show. Hirsch insisted that was not true when speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, per TV Guide.

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“Orlando is a tremendous talent, and even more, a really great person,” Hirsch asserted. “You know the book is a very rich and dense book and story, and unfortunately that’s where we’re going with Season 3.”

“Mr. Nancy’s story isn’t a part of that. It’s one of the most diverse casts on television,” he continued. “And the focus is doing 800 pages of great story.”

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Jones had a much different take on the situation when announcing his firing: “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 is the wrong message for black America.”

A premiere date for “American Gods” season three has not yet been announced.

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