Jeffrey Dean Morgan is hitting out at any “toxic” “Walking Dead” fans who attacked Norman Reedus this week.

Morgan, who plays Negan on the hit show, came to his co-star’s defence after Reedus was accused of being involved with Melissa McBride’s decision to no longer star in the upcoming spin-off featuring Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier.

Reedus plays Daryl in the show, while McBride stars as Carol.

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Morgan posted:

He then added:

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AMC also defended Reedus from online hate.

“A statement from AMC and TWD: We would like to acknowledge the response to this week’s news related to the previously announced Daryl and Carol TWD spinoff. Norman Reedus is being unfairly targeted and attacked in social media for a decision he had no part in,” they tweeted. “Melissa McBride decided she could not participate in the series because relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for her.”

“It is inappropriate to direct negativity and anger at another cast member for a disappointing outcome he had nothing to do with,” they added. “Carol is a beloved & vital character and we are working to find a way for fans to again follow her story, as only Melissa could give life to, in the expanding universe around ‘The Walking Dead’. The fans have always been the driving force behind #TWDFamily and always will be.”

Morgan’s comments come after an AMC spokesperson said in a statement earlier this week, according to TVLine: “Melissa McBride has given life to one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in the ‘Walking Dead’ universe.

“Unfortunately, she is no longer able to participate in the previously announced spinoff focused on the Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier characters, which will be set and filmed in Europe this summer and premiere next year.

“Relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time. We know fans will be disappointed by this news, but the ‘Walking Dead’ universe continues to grow and expand in interesting ways and we very much hope to see Carol again in the near future.”

The as-yet-untitled spinoff will now reportedly focus on Reedus’s Daryl.

Morgan is also set to star in his own spinoff, titled “Isle Of The Dead”, alongside Lauren Cohan’s Maggie.

The final batch of episodes for “The Walking Dead” will air later this year.

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