Constance Wu is preparing to address her 2019 Twitter controversy when she expressed frustration over her ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” being renewed for another season. In an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming appearance on Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk,” she discusses the backlash she faced and opens up about sexual harassment claims.
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Wu reveals her emotional struggle, saying, “It’s actually hard for me to talk about without getting emotional. People were basically canceling me for being ungrateful and ungraceful.” She acknowledges that she was accused of not considering her co-workers’ jobs on the show and behaving like a diva.
As she becomes tearful, Wu continues, “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. This producer, is an Asian American, but because this show was sort of a beacon of representation for Asian Americans, and I sort of became a symbol of representation, I didn’t want to sully the one show with sexual harassment claims against the one Asian American man who was doing all this better work for the community.”
This isn’t the first time she’s shared her story. In July, Wu returned to social media after nearly three years to announce her new book, “Making a Scene.” In a lengthy tweet, she revealed that following the backlash over her tweets in 2019, she attempted suicide. “It’s surreal that a few DMs convinced me to end my own life, but that’s what happened,” she wrote at the time. “Luckily, a friend found me and rushed me to the ER.”
In her upcoming memoir, set to be published on Oct. 4, Wu goes into detail about the sexual harassment claims, referring to the producer only by his initial. She recounts an incident where he persuaded her to attend an L.A. Lakers game with him, during which he inappropriately touched her thigh and grazed her crotch. She writes that he turned cold when she asked him to stop.
“I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received during the first two seasons of the show,” she revealed at the Atlantic Festival last month. “Because, after the first two seasons, once it was a success, once I was no longer scared of losing my job, that’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to the intimidation, from this particular producer.”
In the upcoming “Red Table Talk” episode titled “The World Hated Me,” Wu delves into her on-set experiences, her strained relationship with her mother, and the pain of being ostracized by her community. Watch the exclusive clip below.