The 100 star Ricky Whittle has spoken out strongly against what he felt was maltreatment by show-runner Jason Rothenberg so extreme his only option was to quit the series.
In an hour-long interview on AfterBuzz TV Whittle opened up about the subject of his potentially untimely departure from the dystopian program. He said:
"Basically Jason Rothenberg abused his position to make my job untenable. What he did was disgusting and he should be ashamed."
"He was professionally bullying me, cutting out all the story line I was supposed to be doing, cutting lines, cutting everything out, trying to make my character and myself as insignificant as possible."
Whittle's character, Lincoln, was killed off in a graphic execution in Episode 9 of the third season last week. Lincoln has featured in the show since it began in 2014.
The bullying was backed up by Whittle's mom, who took to Twitter to express her angst at her son's situation:
The 34-year-old actor has not yet commented on his mom's tweets. The accusations on AfterBuzz didn't stop there, with Whittle saying:
"It was childish, it was immature, it's narcissistical [sic], really. He chose to belittle me and neglect my character and myself. I often had questions and emails were ignored and things like that. It was ridiculous...
"That's one thing that I'll never forgive him for: he made me walk away from something I really love. I love Lincoln. I love the show. I love that cast and crew. He forced me to make that choice, to walk away."
He isn't at a loose end, however. Whittle is already looking forward to performing as Shadow in Starz production American Gods, which is currently in pre-production stages.
Rothenberg, who is credited with creating The 100, wouldn't be drawn by the accusations. He responded coolly:
"Ricky Whittle is a talented actor; I appreciate his work on 'The 100' and wish him all the best moving forward on 'American Gods.'"
Whittle stands by his decision to take a step back from the show. He said:
"I'm proud I did it, I stood up and said: 'Enough's enough. My personal well-being is more important than this.'"
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Source: AfterBuzz TV