Fans of the far-reaching Starz fantasy American Gods were shocked on Saturday to find out that one of the most popular actors on the series, Orlando Jones, had been fired and wouldn't be appearing in Season 3. The word came from Jones himself, as he posted a video on Twitter to let everyone know why he was told it happened and that he wouldn't be on the show going forward.
As things stood by the end of Orlando Jones' short video, it was already clear that things weren't great for him behind the scenes on American Gods. Now, though, he has spoken out even more about his time working on the beloved drama, and it sounds like the situation was even more tense than we could have expected. Here's what Jones says was the situation when he showed up to work on Season 2 of American Gods:
Man. OK, there's already a lot to unpack from this portion of Orlando Jones' interview with TVLine about his dismissal from American Gods, but we can start with the fact that it sounds like this event was what led to his promotion between Seasons 2 and 3. Jones was poised to work on the new season of American Gods, not just as an actor, but also as a writer and producer. If he, as an actor, was really charged with doing the work of a writer / producer on Season 2 and creating stories for several of the characters, it does expose how messed up things are behind the scenes.
Obviously, though, the biggest takeaway is that Season 2 was ready to start filming, but, according to Orlando Jones, those behind the show had completely neglected the non-white characters. Apparently, this was even true for Shadow Moon, who is one of the leading characters on American Gods. But, Jones says he did more than his part, picked up the slack and stayed a true team member throughout Season 2 and heading into Season 3.
Part of the problem, aside from having Jones write for characters when he was simply supposed to be acting on American Gods, is the extended hiatus period for the series and what it meant for him in the off season.
American Gods was renewed for Season 3 on March 15 of this year, with production set to begin around September 20. When those behind the show failed to let Jones know sooner that he wouldn't be back, it cost him the time he'd need to find other projects to work on. And, because he says he only worked on the show for 21 days over the 16 months of production in three years, it sounds like Jones gave up a lot of other potential projects because he was so dedicated to American Gods.
Orlando Jones also noted that he wasn't told about his dismissal by anyone from the show, but instead they had someone from Starz call him and say that the show was "taking another creative direction" and he wouldn't be needed anymore. He's also upset by the fact that American Gods never made an announcement that he wouldn't be returning, especially since so much of his work as Mr. Nancy in Season 2 went viral, and fans were clearly waiting to see what he'd be up to when the show came back.
All in all, Orlando Jones admits that he's hurt by many aspects of his time on American Gods, and especially wishes his firing had been handled in a respectful way.
This likely won't be the last of this story, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more on American Gods. In the meantime, you can check out what's coming to TV in 2020 via our winter / spring premiere guide and Netflix premiere guide.
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