Orlando Jones played Mr. Nancy on the STARZ series American Gods for the first two seasons before being fired ahead of the third season. He took to Twitter to indirectly call out new showrunner Charles Eglee. Eglee took over from Jesse Alexander who showran the second season.
“September 10, 2018, I was fired from American Gods. There will be no more Mr. Nancy. Don’t let these motherfuckers tell you they love Mr. Nancy; they don’t. I’m not gonna name names, but the new season 3 showrunner is Connecticut-born and Yale-educated so he’s very smart. He thinks Mr. Nancy’s angry, get-shit-done is the wrong message for Black America. That’s right, this white man sits in that decision-making chair. And I’m sure he has many black BFFs who are his advisors and made it clear to him that if they did not get rid of that angry god Mr. Nancy he’d start a Denmark Vesey uprising in this country. I mean, what else could it be?”
Jones went on to thank Neil Gaiman for letting him play Mr. Nancy and opening the door for him to become a writer and producer on season 2 of American Gods. He also thanked the first seasons co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and the fans.
Ricky Whitte who plays Shadow Moon on American Gods tweeted his support for Orlando Jones shortly after Jones’ video.
Additionally, Mousa Kraish who plays The Jinn on American Gods tweeted out that he wasn’t asked to come back this season.
Based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Ian McShane, Kahyun Kim, Demore Barnes, and Chris Obi. Season 3 started filming Oct. 9 and is set to premiere in 2020.