‘The 100′: Ricky Whittle Speaks Out on Lexa’s Fate, Being Bullied by Show Boss [Update]
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you are not caught up!
The 100‘s Ricky Whittle is mad as hell. The CW show, known for killing off major characters and being steeped in controversy now has another fire to put out, after Whittle (whose fan-favorite character Lincoln was killed off recently) has spoken extremely frankly about his time on the series and his issues with some of the show’s narrative choices.
In a long interview with AfterBuzz TV, the actor unloaded about leaving the show, which was a “choice” he felt was forced upon him. (H/T to TVLine for the find)
“At the beginning of the season, [Lincoln] had a whole storyline that was cut, that was just non-existent. [Showrunner Jason Rothenberg] abused his position to make my job untenable. What he did was disgusting and he should be ashamed. … He was professionally bullying me, cutting out all the storyline I was supposed to be doing, cutting lines, cutting everything out, trying to make my character and myself as insignificant as possible.”
Yikes. Additionally, Whittle spoke frankly about the death of Alycia Debnam Carey‘s character Lexa, right after she and Clarke (Eliza Taylor) consummated their long-budding relationship, playing right into the awful “bury your gays” trope. Though Rothenberg addressed fans over the issue recently, Whittle fired back that Lexa was “too incredible a character to be caught by a stray bullet.” He also criticized turning Pike (Michael Beach) into a villain, though also said,
“You still have to remember we have a bisexual lead [in Eliza Taylor’s Clarke], we have Bryan and Miller, we have various black characters who are in power, we have powerful women. Literally, the show has everything, so stay with it. Stay with my family. Stay with my friends.”
Wow. It’s a lot to process, and there’s still plenty more — you can check out the full, hour-long video interview below. Up next, Whittle will be heading over to Starz’s American Gods, where he will play the lead role of Shadow Moon. With the great Bryan Fuller as a co-showrunner, hopefully it will prove to be a better experience than Whittle had on The 100.
Update: Jason Rothenberg has released a statement on Whittle’s comments, saying: “Ricky Whittle is a talented actor; I appreciate his work on The 100 and wish him all the best moving forward on American Gods.”
The 100 airs Thursday nights on the CW.