Sons Of Anarchy & Mayans MC Creator Kurt Sutter Fired By FX
In a letter to the Mayans MC cast and crew, Sutter referred to himself as an "abrasive dick."
While there's plenty of drama unfolding on-screen throughout Season 2 of FX's Mayans MC, it turns out there's also plenty of twists and turns happening behind the scenes. Kurt Sutter--the showrunner and co-creator of the series, as well as creator of Sons of Anarchy--has been let go from FX, following an over 18-year career with the network that started with The Shield in 2006.
The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which states "multiple complaints" have been received about Sutter's behavior on the show, leading to him being fired from the network. THR also notes that Sutter, himself, sent a letter about his dismissal to the cast and crew of Mayans, in which he referred to himself as an "abrasive dick."
"As you know, I've removed myself quite a bit this season, allowing others to take a bigger role in producing the show. It appears that philosophy has backfired. It's been reported by writers, producers, cast and crew that my absence and subsequent behavior when there, has only created confusion, chaos, hostility and is perceived as abandonment. Or at least that's how Disney has interpreted it. I'm sure it's true," the letter reads, per THR. "This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me. Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand."
Interestingly, it was already revealed that the showrunner was planning to scale back his duties on Mayans MC, should the show be renewed for a third season. At the Season 2 premiere, Sutter said he'd be handing over the job of showrunner to Elgin James, who co-created the series with Sutter. "It's time for the white man to leave the building," he joked.
Interestingly, THR points out that while Sutter has been fired from FX, his overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV--which is owned by Disney--remains intact for now. GameSpot has reached out to FX for comment but has not heard back as of the publishing of this story.
Mayans MC airs Tuedays on FX. The next episode of the show includes a mini Sons of Anarchy reunion, with several characters from the series appearing.
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