Kurt Sutter has been fired from ‘Mayans M.C.’ and FX Networks after concerns were raised about his behavior on the set for the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ spinoff…
Kurt Sutter’s time at FX has come to an end.
The creator of ‘Sons of Anarchy, who got his start at the network as one of the lead writers on ‘The Shield’, has been fired from working on ‘Mayans M.C.’ as well as FX Networks. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
Sutter’s overall deal with 20th Century FOX TV has reportedly not been affected after he inked an agreement with the company back in 2018 ahead of the sale of FOX to Disney. What appears to be clear, however, is Sutter will no longer be welcome at FX, which was the network he has called home for nearly 20 years.
Sutter sent a letter to the cast and crew of ‘Mayans M.C.’, which was a spinoff of his series ‘Sons of Anarchy’, which is currently in the middle of season 2 on FX. Sutter was already acting as co-showrunner alongside Elgin James and he had said before the season started that if the show as renewed for a third season that he would step down completely.
Now that option is no longer available to him.
“Apparently, Disney HR and Business Affairs has conducted an investigation into the unacceptable conditions that have been created on the set of Mayans in season 2,” Sutter wrote in his letter to the crew. “As you know, I’ve removed myself quite a bit this season, allowing others to take a bigger role in producing the show. It appears that philosophy has backfired. It’s been reported by writers, producers, cast and crew that my absence and subsequent behavior when there, has only created confusion, chaos, hostility and is perceived as abandonment. Or at least that’s how Disney has interpreted it. I’m sure it’s true.
“This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me. Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand.”
Landgraf, who is the longtime CEO at FX, was one of Sutter’s biggest champions when he landed in the spotlight after ‘Sons of Anarchy’ became the network’s biggest show. Sutter also brought “The Bastard Executioner” to FX, although that series only survived for one season before it was cancelled.
Sutter then returned to the outlaw motorcycle world to develop ‘Mayans M.C.’ based on the club that was first featured on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ throughout its seven season run. ‘Mayans M.C.’ has been one of FX’s biggest shows since debuting and ratings for the series have remained solid in season 2.
All signs are pointing towards ‘Mayans M.C.’ receiving a third season renewal but obviously Sutter will not be part of the show any longer.
Sutter has never been shy when acknowledging his outspoken nature when working on one of his series but this time it appears his behavior on ‘Mayans M.C.’ was a bridge too far and now he’s been removed from the show while his ties to FX have been severed.