Why Isaiah Washington left the show

When P-Valley premiered on Starz, one person fans immediately recognized was Isaiah Washington. A veteran actor, known for his appearances on television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and movies including Romeo must die, he has a career spanning decades. More recently, Washington appeared in P-Valley as Tydell Ruffin, the mayor of fictional Chucalissa, Mississippi. But it only lasted one season.

[Warning: This article includes a potential spoiler for P-Valley Season 2.]

Isaiah Washington of ‘P-Valley’ | Getty Images North America/Paras Griffin

Isaiah Washington revealed he left ‘P-Valley’

Taking to Instagram in December 2021, Washington revealed he was allegedly fired by Lionsgate, which produces the show. He quoted something controversial he said about Vice President Kamala Harris. The exact nature of his comments is unclear, but Washington has been a vocal critic of the Democratic Party.

“Lionsgate is on some bs,” he wrote in the post. “They fired me for my truthful comments about former senator Kamala Harris, rehired me just to kill me [of P-Valley], then use my name today to get all my fans to watch their show? No…I don’t feel that ABCS Grey’s Anatomy bait and change fish. »

Washington was referring to his firing of the ABC medical drama, which came in 2007 for its alleged use of homophobic language. “They will all hear from me very soon,” he continued in the post. “Believe that! I’m Shango and I’M DONE. #PValley @lionsgate I see you.

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The creator of “P-Valley” sent his comments

Asked about his claims, P-Valley creator Katori Hall denied that this happened. She suggested it was more of a creative decision and said Lionsgate would never be involved in it.

“There are so many stories to tell with P-Valley, and every season we change the story,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “In Season 2, for me, it was really about embracing what’s happening in our world today. Lionsgate had no say in how I wanted to write the show. They want probably have more to say!

“But they really supported me as a creator, as a writer, in terms of the stories I wanted to get out into the world,” she added. “It’s a shame that’s what he thinks, but it certainly isn’t.”

Showbiz Cheat Sheet previously contacted representatives in Washington for comment, but did not receive a response.

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What does his departure mean for the series?

In P-Valley Season 1 saw Mayor Ruffin desperately trying to get his hands on The Pynk nightclub to turn the land into a casino. When it came up for auction, his godson Andre Watkins (Parker Sawyers) went to buy it, but Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) outbid.

Although she intends to keep The Pynk open, Corbin Kyle (Dan Johnson) and his brothers will fight to make Mayor Ruffin’s dreams come true.

“The fact that the casino even had to put plans on hold in the face of this new enemy, corona, is the reality,” Hall told EW, referring to the pandemic. “Along with the casino, the referendum on the mayoral vote that Uncle Clifford and Patrice Woodbine were able to organize – that’s one of the big storylines of the season: how the people of Chucalissa will weigh in and decide whether or not not the casino will advance.

“The election is the backdrop for this huge conflict between Hailey, who has the Pynk – she has the things [the casino] needs,” she continued. “They need waterfront property, and the Pynk is on the water. We’ll see her and Corbin face off, and we’ll even see Corbin try to deposit some cash and take the Pynk for himself. This is also going to be one of the big storylines.

Find out how it all happens when P-Valley returns in June.

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