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Constance Wu wants everyone to know she still loves ‘Fresh Off the Boat’
ABC just renewed the comedy series Fresh Off the Boat for a sixth season. Fans of the show are thrilled, but one person appears less enthusiastic about the news: Constance Wu, who plays Jessica Huang in the series. After a couple of tweets in which Wu said that she was “upset” and “crying,” the actress posted a statement Saturday on Twitter.
“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,” she wrote. “So my dismayed social media replies were more about that other project about not about FOTB.”
These words are my truth. I hope you hear them pic.twitter.com/l6SvbFcUlj— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 11, 2019
“People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts—that conflict is part of being human,” she continued. “So I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job.”
“These words are my truth. I hope you hear them,” Wu captioned the statement.
Some people called Wu’s weekend tweeting spree “career suicide,” while others compared her comments to those that Katherine Heigl made about Grey’s Anatomy.
Constance Wu going down the Katherine Heigl route of career suicide. pic.twitter.com/rPTgQGQmxD— saf (@AdmiralAkward) May 12, 2019
Constance Wu is apparently upset that her tv show, ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat,” just got renewed for a sixth season.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 10, 2019
Someone pass along Shelley Long, David Caruso, and Katherine Heigel’s info to her. pic.twitter.com/fgihh0SMMQ
I’m crying, guys. Finally in 2019 we have an Asian actress achieving what Katherine Heigl had the privilege to do more than a decade ago— Jason Chen (@chen_jason) May 10, 2019
Although Wu clarified that she actually does like Fresh Off the Boat, it’s understandable if she wants to move on to other projects. Working on any TV show for more than five seasons seems incredibly tiring. And after starring in last year’s Crazy Rich Asians, she’s likely received offers for bigger film roles. Wu said in her tweet that will have to give up a project due to Fresh Off the Boat‘s renewal. The actress didn’t specify what that film was series was, but it’s clearly something that she really wanted.
There is a second part to this Twitter drama: actress Gemma Chan claimed she accidentally liked a now-deleted tweet about Wu being hard to work with. (Chan also starred in Crazy Rich Asians.) But she cleared that up in a tweet: “Just to clarify—it was an accidental ‘like’. Anyone looking for drama or beef… sorry to disappoint,” she wrote.
To be fair, it’s super easy to accidentally like a tweet while scrolling on Twitter on your phone.
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.