FX has fired Kurt Sutter, the bombastic creator of Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C.
The prolific writer/creator sent a letter to the cast of Mayans on Wednesday letting him know that he was leaving the network that made him a household name, EW has confirmed. He also referred to himself as an “abrasive jerk” in the letter.
Production on the second season of Mayans M.C. has already wrapped. Last month, Sutter told fans at the season 2 premiere that he will step down from his executive producer role should his Sons of Anarchy spin-off earn a third season from FX. “It’s time for the white man to leave the building,” he told the audience at the Hollywood screening. He went on to say that a person of color should run the writers’ room since it’s a drama about a Mexican biker gang on the California-Mexico border.
Elgin James, Sutter’s fellow EP on the show since season 1, will assume showrunner duties in the future.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to break the news about Sutter. FX would not comment. Sutter, in the meantime, posted a reference to the “Happiest Place on Earth” on his Instagram account. Disney acquired the basic cable network as part of its overall purchase of 21st Century Fox earlier this year.
Last year, Sutter signed a new production deal with the TV studio arm of 21st Century Fox, but THR is reporting that it remains intact for now. A studio spokesman declined to comment.
Sutter’s relationship with FX began in 2002 when he joined The Shield as a staff writer. In 2008, he created Sons of Anarchy — which became the network’s most popular series. He also memorably co-starred on the series as SAMCRO member Otto Delaney. After SOA ended its run, he created The Bastard Executioner for the network in 2015 but the show was canceled after one season.
Sutter is married to Katey Sagal, who starred in SOA and The Bastard Executioner and made a brief cameo in Mayans M.C. He is notoriously outspoken on Twitter, often relying on the c-word to express a strong opinion about a person or subject. His fans eat it up.
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