Thursday, May 26, 2022

‘The Chi’ Showrunner on How Jason Mitchell Targeted Her with His ‘Rage and Inappropriateness’

Lena Waite & Jason Mitchell

*More details about Jason Mitchell’s recent departure from “The Chi” have emerged, as the showrunner for the scripted drama is speaking out about the ongoing allegations of sexual misconduct on the set of the Showtime series.

Following news about Mitchell’s alleged misconduct on multiple productions, MTV has revoked his nomination for Best Performance in a Show at the upcoming “2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards.”

As we previously reported, the actor was recently dropped from the forthcoming third season of “The Chi” after reports of “off-set” misconduct emerged from Netflix’s upcoming comedy “Desperados.”

Sources told THR Mitchell was removed from the flick after making “highly inappropriate” comments to multiple Hispanic actresses in the film.  

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The actor was dropped from the production in late April, then his agent, manager and legal representation dropped him like a bad habit, and finally his television show.

Actress Tiffany Boone, who portrayed Mitchell’s on-screen girlfriend on “The Chi,” filed a complaint about him after the first season wrapped and ultimately quit the series over it.

“The Chi” showrunner Ayanna Floyd, who joined the series in its second season, told The Hollywood Reporter that she was informed by series creator Lena Waithe of Mitchell’s behavioral issues.

“When I took the helm in season two, it was Lena who informed me of the issues between Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Boone from season one, and that Tiffany was thinking of leaving the show because of it,” Floyd explained. “As a result of this information, I discussed Tiffany’s claims with the studio’s HR department and set up HR presentations for the writers, cast and crew. Ultimately, everyone was well aware of Jason’s behavior and his multiple HR cases, including Lena [Waithe], the creator and an executive producer of the show, who is very involved at the studio and network level.”

Floyd reached out to the studio’s human resources department in an attempt to remedy the situation and even advised one of Mitchell’s accusers to contact HR directly. But her efforts only caused the actor to come for her as she continued to reach a solution. Floyd says she “became a target of his rage and inappropriateness, and had to report him to HR, as well.”

Floyd will not return to “The Chi” for season 3, despite Mitchell being kicked to the curb.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Why is this so vague? What were the comments EXACTLY (QUOTES)??? What actions did he commit? Why is it saying “accused”? Is it under question? This story says NOTHING. There are plenty of people in jail because they have been “accused” of something, some of them innocent. It would be nice to have some facts instead of all this heresay. And if you don’t know all the facts, then why are you writing an article anyway? Trying to hang the man before the trial???

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