Jeffrey Dean Morgan has called out fans of the Walking Dead about her treatment of Norman Reedus.
On Wednesday (April 27), it was announced that Melissa McBride, who plays Carol Peletier on the series, will no longer be part of a previously announced spin-off series with Reedus.
The pair were set to star in their own Carol and Daryl Dixon series once the main show wrapped in March 2023.
However, when it was reported that McBride had resigned, no reason was given and fans began to turn against Reedus, suggesting he may have been responsible for her departure.
Morgan, who plays Negan on the series, was furious at such claims and stepped in on Friday (April 29) to clarify matters.
“Some of you guys have gone WAY too far,” he wrote on Twitter. “TOXIC. Attack norm for crap he has NOTHING to do with? Melissa made a call that was hers alone. She wants/needs a break. Respect that.”
He continued: “Factors that are nobody’s business. Norm who gave you all more than anyone else. Just S***TY.”
When a fan responded that Reedus may have requested a specific location for filming the series so he could be closer to his family, Morgan replied, “Norman had nothing to do with choosing the location. This decision is all about stories, ideas… MONEY. This is studio/network. Not actor.
“We can say yes and do or no and don’t do it… MAYBE. SOMETIMES. If we’re lucky and don’t have a contract yet. Rarely does an actor have that power.”
The spin-off is rumored to be filmed in Europe, having originally been developed as a location in Atlanta, where it is the Walking Deadwhich ended in production last month, was filmed.
Morgan will star alongside Maggie star Lauren Cohan in his own spin-off series, which will be filmed in New York.
Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln will return as Rick Grimes in his own trilogy of films.
the Walking DeadThe final season of returns in October 2022.
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