With the fifth and final season of Kim's Convenience dropping on Netflix, Simu Liu took to Facebook to express his disappointment with the direction that his former show has taken. Fans have been asking CBC or Netflix for a save, but it was too late according to him as negotiations had already occurred before he knew what would happen next.
Simu Liu, the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings has decided to take a break from acting. In his announcement, he says “this wasn’t an easy decision but I need time for myself after being on Kim's Convenience for 5 seasons." We are all waiting with anticipation in hopes that Simu will return soon!
The show can’t be ‘saved.’ It was not ‘cancelled’ in a traditional manner, i.e. by a network after poor ratings,” he wrote. “Our producers (who also own the Kim’s Convenience IP) are the ones who chose not to continue.”
Actor Liu says he wanted to work on the sixth season of the show Handy, even though his character had not been present for five seasons. “Imagine my disappointment year after year knowing that Jung was just stuck at hand and in absolutely no hurry to improve himself in any way," he wrote.
The show had an “overwhelmingly white” staff, per Liu. The creators of the program rebuffed offers for insight from actors and writers who were also Asian Americans, as well as turning down his request to shadow a director. In addition to this disappointment with the lack of support he received in directing episodes on-set, they announced that next season's only white character will be spun off into her own series--a move which disappointed actor David Lee (Liu). Liu made it clear that he will not reprise his role of Jung in the spin-off.
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