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Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu Details Harassment From Former Co-Star

Constance Wu has opened up about the online harassment she endured in 2019 following her divisive reaction to the renewal of Fresh Off the Boat for a season 6, including an admonishing direct message from one of her former co-stars. Wu and Randall Park co-led the ABC sitcom created by Nahnatchka Khan from 2015 to 2020 throughout a six-season run. Though the show was widely admired for authentically representing an Asian-American family, and even made history for featuring the first all-Asian lead cast of a sitcom to broadcast over 100 episodes, Wu publicly expressed her disapproval when the show was picked up for season 6, which would serve as its last.

At the time Constance Wu, whose fame had just skyrocketed following her starring turn as Rachel Chu in John Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, caused quite the controversy after taking to social media to express her disappointment in the continuation of Fresh Off the Boat for another season. Wu was immediately met with severe backlash from fans of the show, with some accusing her of being ungrateful for how it brought her into the mainstream. While Wu apologized in a statement assuring fans of her love and appreciation for the show, the criticism her original tweets drew became so relentless that the actress ended up taking a three-year break from all social media.

Three years after the harrowing time in her life, Fresh Off The Boat‘s Constance Wu is opening up about the intense backlash she faced in regard to her comments on the show’s final renewal. Writing in her memoir Making a Scene (via ET), Wu specifically detailed the harassment she faced from one of her former co-stars about her comments, which in turn led to her suicidal spiral. Read Wu’s account of the harassment below:

“[She told] me that nothing I could ever do would make up for my atrocious behavior and disgusting ingratitude. How I had sullied the one shining beacon of hope for Asian Americans. How selfish I was to not consider everyone else’s jobs on the show. She demanded I bake cookies for and grovel at the feet of [my co-star] Randall [Park] and every single crew member of FOTB but said even that wouldn’t be enough to make up for what I’d done. She told me how the show had been her nephew’s favorite, and how I had ruined it for him. That I’d devastated him and I would never, ever be able to make up for it.”

How Fresh Off The Boat’s Backlash Traumatized Constance Wu

This is not the first time Wu has opened up about the emotional turmoil the social media fallout has caused her. Earlier this year, the former Fresh Off The Boat actor returned to Twitter for the first time with a statement discussing her memoir, including sharing that she had attempted suicide after the backlash to her comments. At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether the former co-star Wu is referring to was that of a Fresh Off The Boat cast member, or someone she worked with on a different project, though this is the first time she’s mentioned a specific participant in the harassment she faced.

While she may have faced backlash at the time, public opinion on Fresh Off The Boat‘s Constance Wu has shifted back in her favor in recent years as she’s returned to the spotlight with the likes of Prime Video’s The Terminal List and the upcoming live-action Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile movie. With Wu also confirming talks are still ongoing for Crazy Rich Asians 2 just over four years after the first film released, and inking a first-look TV deal with Entertainment One, Wu looks to be enjoying a proper rebound. Audiences can revisit Wu’s breakout work with all six seasons of Fresh Off The Boat streaming on Hulu.

Source: Making a Scene (via ET)

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