Kurt Sutter, the showrunner of FX’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff series Mayans M.C., has been fired from the show, according to Variety.
- Sutter reportedly notified the cast and crew of the show of his exit in an email in the wake of several complaints regarding his behavior on the set of the series.
- Sutter is believed to still be under contract with 20th Century Fox Television with the overall deal he signed last year.
- According to Sutter’s email, he had intentionally pulled back on his role in the show in its second season but that “backfired.”
- Sutter’s email specifically mentions Disney, saying “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.”
- On his Instagram, late Wednesday night, Sutter shared a picture of Disney California Adventure park with the caption “The happiest place on earth…”
- The second season of Mayans M.C. debuted on FX in September and is planned to run into November.
- The series is currently one of FX’s highest-rated programs and is expected to receive a renewal for a third season.
- Sutter was previously an executive producer on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
- Reps for both FX and Sutter have not yet commented on the situation.
What they’re saying:
- An excerpt from Sutter’s email: “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 d*** 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 premiere, 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. 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.”