In a shocking turn of events, Sons of Anarchy and Mayans MC creator and show runner Kurt Sutter has been fired from FX due to “multiple complaints.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden dismissed him from working on Mayans, although his overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV has not been affected.
The status of Mayans MC‘s third season is currently unknown, but Sutter had already stepped backand handed over the reins to Elgin James earlier this year.
Sutter released a lengthy statement about his firing via The Hollywood Reporter, and honestly, he doesn’t sound particularly surprised.
“Dear Team Mayans,
Apparently, Disney HR and Business Affairs has conducted an investigation into the unacceptable conditions that have been created on the set of Mayans in season 2. 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. “
He continued, owning up to his notoriously contentious behavior on set.
“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.
I deeply apologize if I’ve made people feel less than or unsupported. My intention was literally the opposite. But clearly I’ve not been paying attention. My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Just know, I adore this cast and crew.
I’m not sure what the fate of Mayans MC holds. But if it continues, you’ll still be in good hands. As I said at the premier, Elgin is ready to take on the challenge of running the show. I’m sure FX will get him the support he needs to find and follow his vision.”
He ended his letter on a defiant note which, again, feels very on brand for Sutter.
“For those of you who wanted me gone, you win! For those of you who didn’t, you win too. Although I will no longer be involved, I have no doubt the new team will move things forward with the same quality fans have come to expect.
Thank you for the honor of working with all of you.
I don’t need, nor want, replies or condolences. I know where the love is. And for those of you who have it, I’m sure our paths will cross again.
People on Twitter were obviously divided, some claiming that Disney should have realized what they were getting with Sutter and others saying that this reckoning is long overdue. Do you think this is the right choice?