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The major networks announced their fall lineup this past weekend, which not only included a list of new and returning shows, but also revealed which titles were being cancelled. While most actors likely breathed a sigh of relief after seeing their show’s name on the ‘not-cancelled’ list, Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu made her feelings about her beloved series going into its sixth season pretty clear, tweeting “f**king hell.” There was no exclamation point at the end, so it wasn’t a happy “f**king hell!”

To be extra clear about her emotions, Wu also tweeted “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. Fuck.” Vague at first (was she upset about the weather, the climax of Avengers: Endgame, a bad avocado she had waited three days to eat?) fans quickly began connecting Wu’s tweet to news that FOTB had been renewed, with the actor writing “Dislike” on ABC’s Instagram post announcing the show’s renewal. Wu also replied to the Twitter account @ScreenJabberStu, who congratulated the actor and said the renewal was great news, to which Wu replied “No it’s not.”

F**king hell.

Fans still had hope that Wu hadn’t just publicly bit the hand that feeds her after she tweeted “Y’all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it’s not what it’s about.” Phew!

Maybe there’s an explanation for the terrible behaviour from an actor who has done such a brilliant job of using her platform to call out Hollywood’s lack of diversity and continue to push for more women and Asian actors in mainstream media.

Or not.

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Turns out, the rampage was exactly what everyone assumed, which was that Wu was upset that her TV show, which launched her film career, was now getting in the way of her film career. Wu issued an apology, which was a masterclass in passive aggressiveness, using the word ‘pleasant’ to describe FOTB four times. No one, including a TV show, ever wants to be described as pleasant.

“I was temporarily upset yesterday not bc I hate the show but bc its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about,” wrote Wu. “Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artistic challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it’s weird.”

The actor finally got to the ‘I’m sorry’ part of the apology, writing “But my words and ill-timing were insensitive to those who are struggling, especially insensitive considering the fact that I used to be in that struggle too. I do regret that and it wasn’t nice and I am sorry for that.”

Wu ended the messy apology with a call to the #MeToo movement, writing “It’s meaningful when you make the choice to believe women.” Oh, girl. No.

We get that FOTB isn’t Game of Thrones and network shows are still looked at as the lower class of acting compared to specialty channels and movies, but that little network show is still the only series on mainstream TV starring an all-Asian cast. That little show undoubtedly helped Wu score her leading role in Crazy Rich Asians, which broke box office records, and then led her to her new film Hustlers with Jennifer Lopez. And although Wu may not feel challenged by her role as matriarch Jessica Huang, there are hundreds of other people whose livelihood depends on FOTB being renewed for another seasons. Camera operators, makeup artists, caterers, drivers, security personnel, writers, actors, set designers, lighting techs, editors, producers, photographers…do we need to keep going? Take a pottery class to feel artsy and go to work and complain in private during your coffee break like the rest of society.

Wu isn’t the first TV star to publicly complain about her TV career causing her movie career to stall. Mischa Barton requested to be written out of The OC, Katherine Heigl infamously requested to be released from Grey’s Anatomy, Shelley Long left Cheers at the height of its popularity, and David Caruso peaced out of NYPD Blue long before any shark jumping. While some of these actors have been able to resurrect their careers, success on TV doesn’t always translate to success in films. More importantly, bad mouthing your boss, regardless of the industry you’re in, is never a good idea.

Actors whose shows were also renewed jumped on Wu’s tweet, poking fun at the not-so-funny action of an actor forgetting where they came from.

We don’t imagine the set of FOTB is going to be an especially fun place to be this fall.