Netflix isn’t leaving Litchfield anytime soon.
Empire News, a satire site similar to The Onion, published an article claiming that Netflix cancelled the show due to a feud between Netflix cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings and OItNB creator Jenji Kohan. According to the story, Netflix was not only cancelling the popular show, but planned to remove it from instant streaming starting on Sept. 1.
The article claimed that Hastings wanted more male leads in the show about a woman’s prison, which Kohan refused to do.
“A woman’s place is in the home, in the kitchen, taking care of children,” the article quotes Hastings as saying. “A woman in jail? How does anyone even watch this show in the first place? It’s like we took everything bad about OZ, and make this show with the leftovers.”
Netflix picked up OItNB for a third season a month before the episodes even debuted, but the satire article was enough to send fans into a panic over the weekend. Fresh off a historic 12 Emmy nominations for the show, Netflix told fans that the rumors simply weren’t true and that OItNB is currently in production for its third season.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 12, 2014
Orange Is The New Black has NOT been canceled. Whoever started this rumor will be spending some time in the SHU. pic.twitter.com/tslCdjBkht
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) July 12, 2014
OItNB star Michael Harney even had some choice words for the site.
@OITNB I will escort the responsible parties personally along with a few of my friends
— Michael Harney (@MichaelHarney4) July 12, 2014
Season 3 is on-track to come out sometime next year.