Constance Wu's Fresh Off the Boat co-stars 'enthusiastic' about season 6 despite actress' rant, says ABC boss

It’s smooth sailing at Fresh Off the Boat, despite leading lady Constance Wu‘s renewal-triggered social-media meltdown last May. That’s the word from ABC entertainment president Karey Burke, who assured reporters Monday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour that it will be business as unusual when the sitcom resumes production on Season 6 this week.

“We have ongoing conversations with the producers of Fresh Off the Boat, and it was made clear to us very early on that everyone took Constance at her word… that she was apologetic for what she had said,” the exec said. “I’ve heard nothing but enthusiasm for everyone to get back to work.”

Burke admitted that she hasn’t had any personal contact with Wu since the scandal broke. “I was happy that she apologized,” Burke noted. “I’ve had no further conversations with Constance. They start production this week, and I will see her at the table read.”

The controversy started when Wu — who starred in the box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians last summer, and has booked/eyed multiple film roles since — took to Twitter on May 10 to vent about bubble comedy Fresh Off the Boat‘s renewal, writing, “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F–k.” She followed that up with a tweet that read, “F–king hell.” When a fan congratulated her and said the renewal was “great news,” she replied (in a since-deleted tweet): “No it’s not.” Wu also left a comment on the show’s official Instagram post celebrating the renewal that said simply: “Dislike.”

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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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Wu later clarified her thoughts, insisting that her tweets were “ill-timed” and that she was “so grateful” for the renewal. That said, the renewal did force her to pass up a film project she was “passionate” about. “People can hold conflicting feelings in their hearts,” she contended. “I can both love the show/cast/crew but at the same time be disappointed that I lost that other unrelated job.”

In the immediate wake of the dust-up, Burke dismissed the idea of recasting Wu on Fresh Off the Boat, even in the name of “perfect harmony” for all involved. “We love what she does on the show, and we love the show,” Burke said. “I did know that she had another opportunity that, had Fresh Off the Boat not gone forward, she would have pursued. But we never really considered not bringing the show back.”

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