In recent press interviews for her new book Making a Scene, Constance Wu has been addressing claims she made that she was sexually harassed on the set of “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Wu first spoke about the sexual harassment she faced from a producer during the first two seasons of the show at the Atlantic Festival. She said she didn’t feel like she could speak up because she didn’t want to ruin the reputation of a show that had become so important to Asian Americans.
According to EW, Wu says the producer often made inappropriate jokes around her, commented about her appearance and physically harassed her at a basketball game.
In an upcoming episode of Red Table Talk, Variety reports, Wu explains that the harassment she experienced motivated her now infamous tweets about the show’s sixth season renewal.
In 2019, when news that “Fresh Off the Boat” had been renewed broke, Wu tweeted that she was “literally crying” about the renewal because it meant she had to give up a passion project. Fans criticized Wu for the tweets feeling that she was being insensitive to crew members and everyone behind the scenes who had worked hard on the show.
“It’s actually hard for me to talk about without getting emotional. People were basically canceling me for being ungrateful and ungraceful,” she says in a sneak preview of the upcoming episode, according to Variety. “They were saying I didn’t think of the other people’s jobs on the show, how selfish that was and how I was, like, behaving like a diva.”
“What people didn’t realize was that during my first couple of years on ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ I was sexually harassed, and I was intimidated, and I was threatened all the time,” she adds.
Wu also recently spoke about the allegations and the tweets they prompted in an interview with Seth Meyers.
“The thing I learned is that bad feelings and abuse don’t just go away because you will it to. It’s gonna come out somewhere,” Wu said, according to EW. “I think people didn’t understand the context of those tweets. And thank you for not making fun of it, because it led me to a really dark time.”
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