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UPDATED: Kurt Sutter has been fired from his role as co-showrunner on “Mayans MC,” Variety has learned from sources.
Sutter notified the cast and crew of the show of his exit in an email after several complaints were made about his behavior on the set of the series. In the email, Sutter wrote that he had intentionally pulled back on his role in the show in its second season, but the strategy had “backfired.”
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“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,” he wrote. “Or at least that’s how Disney has interpreted it. I’m sure it’s true.”
“This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me,” he continued. “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.”
Read the full email below.
At the time of this publishing, Sutter is still believed to be under the overall deal he signed with 20th Century Fox Television last year. Announced in January 2018, the deal kept Sutter at 20th TV and Fox 21 while also adding FX Productions to the mix.
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In an Instagram post late Wednesday night, Sutter posted a picture of Disneyland with the caption “The happiest place on earth…” Disney acquired FX upon the completion of the 21st Century Fox-Disney merger earlier this year.
Reps for FX and studio Fox 21 Television declined to comment. Reps for Sutter did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
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The news comes after Sutter had previously said that he was planning to step down from his role as co-showrunner on the series to allow co-creator and co-showrunner Elgin James sole run of the show.
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