Kenya BarrisLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris officially exits his ABC Studios deal, likely for a nine-figure Netflix mega-deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It's been nearly four months since The Hollywood Reporter reported on a frustrated Barris planning his exit from ABC Studios one year into his new four-year deal. The two sides have negotiated Barris' exit, paving the way for a lucrative deal with Netflix (which has no comment on a potential deal with the prolific writer-producer). Barris has developed multiple TV projects for ABC, but only one was picked up: Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, which ended up at Freeform instead of ABC. Barris has also clashed with the ABC network, which pulled an episode of Black-ish in February. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barris is seen as a "logical fit" for Netflix because he can deliver hits that are both critically and commercially successful. "No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision," said Barris in a statement. "Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
Source: New York Daily News
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Kenya Barris settles Black-ish dispute with his former writing partner
Writer and director Bryan Barber had sued for $1 million saying he shared a role in the creation of his former writing partner's hit ABC sitcom. The case has been resolved one week before it was headed to trial.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 1:56PM EDT
ABC cancels Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement following the furor over Barr comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape in a tweet this morning. Barr apologized soon after and vowed to quit Twitter. This is the first time ABC has taken action in response to Barr's controversial tweets. ABC's cancelation came less than two hours after consulting producer Wanda Sykes quit the show. This isn't the first time Barr has compared a black Obama administration official to an ape. In 2013, she tweeted that Susan Rice "is a man with big swinging ape balls." A half hour before ABC announced its cancelation, Sara Gilbert reacted to her TV mom's racist tweet: "Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."
- Disney CEO Bob Iger praised the cancelation: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing"
- Emma Kenney was planning to quit the show after Roseanne's tweet: "I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable... As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever."
- Shonda Rhimes tweeted praise for ABC's decision: "Thank you, Channing...The terrible part is all of the talented innocent people who worked on that show now suffer because of this. #notjustice...But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one."
- Showrunner Bruce Helford responds to cancelation: "On behalf of all the writers and producers, we worked incredibly hard to create an amazing show. I was personally horrified and saddened by the comments and in no way do they reflect the values of the people who worked so hard to make this the iconic show that it is."
- Roseanne Barr dropped by her agency: "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning"
- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says "Bye-bye!!!" on Instagram
- Rita Moreno calls Roseanne "a sorry excuse for a human being...Your meanness is staggering and will earn you a ticket to a sad, lonely and sorry life"
- Valerie Jarett was already scheduled to appear on MSNBC tonight as part of a "Everyday Racism in America" special
# TOPICS: Roseanne, ABC, Bob Iger, Bruce Helford, Channing Dungey, Emma Kenney, Kenya Barris, Rita Moreno, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Shonda Rhimes, Valerie Jarrett, Wanda Sykes, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Kenya Barris says "we've moved past" the pulled Black-ish episode, but ABC wouldn't let him comment on the Roseanne joke
"We’ve moved past it," the Black-ish creator says of the “Please, Baby, Please” episode that he agreed with ABC to yank that would've tackled political and societal isues, including NFL players kneeling. "We just had a difference of opinion. I don’t think it’s the first time an episode hasn’t aired. It probably won’t be the last. And I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to move past it.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey addressed the pulled episode earlier today, saying: "Much has been made of the kneeling part of it, which was not even really the issue." Meanwhile, when Vulture asked Barris about the Roseanne joke that seemed to slam Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, "an ABC representative interrupted and didn’t allow him to answer."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ABC boss addresses rumored tension with Black-ish creator, says kneeling athletes was "not really the issue" in yanked episode
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said there were "a number of different elements that we had a hard time coming to terms on" in the network's decision not to air a February episode of Black-ish. As for rumored tension that has reportedly led Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to seek an early exit from ABC deal and move to Netflix, she said: "He’s under contract with ABC Studios. Further specifics are not under my purview."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 3:48PM EDT
Blackish creator's Bright Futures pilot, narrated by Lisa Kudrow, is still alive at NBC despite late Brooklyn Nine-Nine pickup
The pilot from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris starring Emily Ratajowski, Shameik Moore and Youtubber Lilly Singh as a group of friends aging out of their 20s is not dead folling concerns that NBC didn't have any more room for additional comedies following Friday night's pickup of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC plans to discuss the project's future internally after the upfronts.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
ABC renews Black-ish
The Kenya Barris comedy will return for a fifth season.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Can Black-ish creator Kenya Barris realistically leave his ABC contract for Netflix?
Barris signed a three-year deal with ABC Studios last year, presumably before his reported feud with ABC began. Experts weigh in on whether ABC would allow him to exit his contract after just one year.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Black-ish copyright lawsuit appears to be headed to trial
A judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Black-ish creator Kenya Barris by his former writing partner Bryan Barber, who alleges that they originally developed ideas for the ABC comedy in 2006 for VH1.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris could land the next big Netflix deal after clashing with ABC
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Barris is "actively trying to get out of his overall deal with ABC Studios, his creative home since 2015" as Netflix courts him for another big mega-deal in the vein of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Barris signed his ABC Studios deal just last year, and has three years remaining. The potential Netflix deal comes after Barris clashed with the network over a Black-ish episode that was pulled in February, which reportedly tackled the National Anthem protests. According to The Hollywood Reporter, although ABC described the decision to pull the episode as mutual, "sources say otherwise."
Posted Saturday 3/10/18 at 6:13PM EST
ABC shelved a politically themed Black-ish episode over "creative differences"
The Black-ish episode titled “Please, Baby, Please" was scheduled to run on Feb. 27, but was abruptly pulled from the lineup days earlier and replaced with a rerun. According to Variety, the episode tackled political and social themes, including the NFL players' National Anthem protests. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” creator Kenya Barris tells Variety. “Black-ish is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.” ABC, which hasn't confirmed whether the episode has been shelved permanently, said via spokesperson: “One of the things that has always made Black-ish so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates. However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Alec Baldwin to undergo hip-replacement surgery this morning
Hilaria Baldwin, Alec's wife, revealed his surgery on Instagram, posting last night that “now we rest because tomorrow morning we are in the hospital bright and early for his hip to be replaced. Think good thoughts for us. We are gonna eat lightly, relax, and take deep breaths." Baldwin’s posted the news hours after the actor exited an ABC comedy that he was to star in from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. No word on how his surgery will affect his other TV projects, including Match Game.