“Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, who has been a staple at FX for nearly two decades, has been fired from the cable network and his current job as showrunner on the ‘Sons’ spin-off “Mayans M.C.”. FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden reportedly made the call.
Sutter’s exit follows what sources describe as “multiple complaints” over his behavior on the drama series and Sutter detailed his dismissal in a letter sent to the cast and crew of the series. The showrunner has not lost his overall deal with now Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV.
Sutter has also previously been fairly upfront and outspoken about his management style. Here’s an excerpt from the memo sent to cast and crew:
“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.
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.”
‘Mayans’ is currently in the midst of airing its second season and a decision on a third season has not yet been determined. Before all this, Sutter had previously said 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.
Source: The Live Feed