Constance Wu's 'Fresh Off the Boat' controversy addressed for first time by ABC

ABC is officially weighing in on the Constance Wu debacle.

The drama began on Friday afternoon, when the Crazy Rich Asians star posted a series of NSFW tweets (and an eyebrow-raising "Dislike" comment on Instagram) openly criticizing the sixth season renewal of her comedy series, Fresh Off the Boat, which will air Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT this fall.

Following the uproar over her comments, Wu posted a lengthy statement explaining her Twitter outburst on Saturday, saying she was "conflicted" over the show's pickup and "temporarily upset... not [because] I hate the show but [because] its renewal meant I had to give up another project that I was really passionate about."

On a press call with reporters ahead of the Disney Upfront presentation, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke addressed the controversy for the first time and whether there have been discussions to recast her as matriarch Jessica Huang.

"No, there has been no thoughts on recasting Constance. We love what she does on the show and we love the show," Burke said Tuesday morning. 

"I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity that, had Fresh Off the Boat not gone forward, she would have pursued. But we never really considered not bringing back Fresh Off the Boat," she said. "The show is just too strong and we love it."

"I'm going to choose to believe Constance's most recent communication about the show -- that she is happy to return," Burke continued. "The cast and crew is happy to have her back and we're thrilled to keep her with the show."

Wu, 37, posted a series of stunning NSFW tweets Friday afternoon, less than one hour after ABC renewed the Asian-led comedy for another season. 

"So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F**k," Wu first wrote. The 37-year-old actress followed that up with another NSFW tweet, writing, "F**king hell."

Shortly thereafter, Wu posted another tweet attempting to explain her previous tweets.

"That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk. I say f--- a lot. I love the word," she wrote. "Y’all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it’s not what it’s about. No it’s not..what this is all about. Stop assuming.

On Friday evening, Wu claimed in a new tweet that her previous remarks had nothing to do with the renewal of her ABC sitcom, but rather the culmination of a "rough day" she was having and "ill timed w/the news of the show." 

"Plz know, I'm so grateful for FOTB renewal. I love the cast&crew. I'm proud to be a part of it," she wrote.

Randall Park (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Always Be My Maybe) also stars in the half-hour series, whose ensemble cast includes Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, Ray Wise and Chelsey Crisp. 

Fresh Off the Boat, which premiered in 2015, recently became the first Asian American comedy to reach syndication. The series, based on chef and author Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, skyrocketed Wu and Park to stardom. Huang, whose life inspired the series, has since distanced himself from the comedy, saying in 2015 on Twitter that he "doesn't watch #FreshOfftheBoat" and "doesn't recognize it."

Last year, Wu experienced monster success with Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan's popular novel, which catapulted her to become one of the most-sought after Asian American actresses currently working. She recently wrapped Hustlers opposite Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Constance Wu attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Constance Wu arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Henry Golding and actress Constance Wu arrive for Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere held at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Constance Wu arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Constance Wu attends 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AXN)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Actress Constance Wu attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Constance Wu attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Constance Wu arrives at The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Constance Wu attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Constance Wu attends HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Constance Wu attends the premiere of 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
FRESH OFF THE BOAT - ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat' stars Constance Wu as Jessica Huang. (Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: Actress Constance Wu attends the Disney ABC Television Group TCA summer press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Constance Wu attends the premiere of 'The Book of Love' at The Grove on January 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Constance Wu arrives at HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards after party at the Circa 55 Restaurant on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Constance Wu arrives at the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Constance Wu attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Constance Wu attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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