Saturday, May 18, 2024

Jason Mitchell’s MTV Nom Snatched + Lena Waithe Addresses His #MeToo Allegations – WATCH

*Jason Mitchell‘s career continues to implode and he only has himself to blame. The latest is that the actor now finds himself on MTV’s sh*t list.

The now fired cast member of Showtime’s “The Chi” finds himself in this predicament because of allegations that he sexually harassed women involved in the show, including the showrunner Ayanna Floyd and his on-screen girlfriend, played by Tiffany Boone.

Seems dude was in line for a MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for “Best Performance In A Show,” but he can forget that now as a rep for the network confirmed that the nom was rescinded because of the allegations against him for June 17 airing of the show.

“In light of recent developments, we have removed Jason Mitchell as a nominee.”

The network also decided not to replace him with a new nominee. The remaining contenders are Gina Rodriguez of “Jane The Virgin,” Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and Kiernan Shipka of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” It was also noted that Mitchell was the only male nominated for the award considering MTV stopped giving out gender-specific categories in 2017.

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Meanwhile in related news, a lot of folks have been wondering why actress/writer Lena Waithe, who’s also the creator and executive producer of “The Chi,” didn’t fire Mithchell. Well, that question was asked by   Charlamagne tha God on The Breakfast Club. Waithe’s response was basically that she became aware of Tiffany Boone’s allegations against Jason after season one wrapped.

“I knew what I was dealing with on the show, but I wasn’t made aware of anything going on with Tiffany until after the season had wrapped and when Tiffany and I had a conversation – and out of respect for her privacy, ’cause the conversation we had was private – we did discuss stuff that was just inappropriate. And I remember looking at her – ’cause we were facetiming – and I was like, ‘Yo! This is not cool! I feel awful that you had this experience on my set that’s not pleasant.’

Waithe says that she did everything within her power to make sure the set of “The Chi” was a safe environment.

By the time the season had wrapped, I had a little bit more power. I had a little bit more clout, and I was like, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do to change that. I’mma hire a woman of color as the showrunner….’ – so I can already say that the idea of me hearing something and not doing anything just isn’t true…There were conversations that were had, HR was made aware, and all the parties involved were like, ‘This thing has been resolved enough that all artists are willing to return to the show.’ So I was like, ‘Ok, if you wanna come back, I wanna make sure that the environment was equipped. When she came back to set, I made sure that there was damn near a whole different crew. And also, there were whole precautions that we took. The writers had extensive sexual harassment training. There was extensive sexual harassment training on set, and I do recall Tiffany – when we were texting – saying, ‘Let’s get some sexual harassment training.’ And I was like, ‘Absolutely.’”

Waithe also explains why she didn’t stop Tiffany Boone from leaving the show.

“I was told she wanted to go – one, because I think she was just at a place of there’s no repairing it. And I think she wanted to explore other opportunities, and I didn’t wanna hold her back from that. I’m never gonna say, ‘Hey! You stay here. I don’t care what you want.’ I really want to respect her wishes. Another thing, again, I’m not really in control over who stays or goes on the show. I can make a pitch! I can say, ‘Yo, let’s get rid of this person.’ But, ultimately it’s not my decision. As a matter of fact, I can be on some, ‘Oh, it’s me or Jason’ – and they could pick Jason!”

Check out the FULL interview below.

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