‘Jeremy Tardy of Dear White People announced his exit from the Netflix series, accusing Longgate of racial discrimination; Studio Destiny Beas in Cast Negotiations

Jeremy Tardy, who has been a recurring on Netflix Dear blondes, Revealed in a Facebook post on Friday that he would not return due to “my experience with Lionsgate and his practices of racial discrimination”, the upcoming fourth and final season of the Lionsgate TV-produced series. In response, Lionsgate called for a deadlock that led to Tardy’s exit as “a purely financial negotiation”.

In a lengthy post (you can read it below), Tardy chronicled the events that led to his death, claiming that Lionsgate offered him to return for several episodes, but A counterparty refused to consider. “This news was disturbing because a white colleague of mine – being a true ally – found out that he too had received the same initial offer and had successfully negotiated a counter proposal,” he wrote.

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Tardy and six other recurring cast members were tied together and collectively passed on the initial resolution in an attempt to negotiate better deals as a group. But members of the bargaining unit struck a side deal with the studio “before receiving a fair and equitable negotiation process by the collective group.”

As a result, Taddy was written out of the series. He called Lionsgate and Netflix on the move in a show that focuses on racial injustice, which questioned companies’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“These companies have recently issued statements and also donated in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am calling the discriminatory and shameful practice of racial inequality with them how historically colorless and inferior people are. Politically correct lip service and symbolic gestures do not deprive you of the daily responsibility of doing business in a fair and equitable manner, “he wrote,” The fact that it happened behind the scenes of a show that addresses systemic issues of racism The purpose of addressing and discrimination is the very symbol of hypocrisy. Lionsgate. Netflix See you we are watching you.”

Lionsgate addressed Taddy’s allegations in a statement.

The company told Deadline, “It was a purely financial conversation about the terms of the deal.” “Lionsgate is committed to equal treatment for all talents regardless of race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We are very proud Dear blondes And it has a place in the national conversation about racial equality and social justice and we look forward to starting production on its 4thTh weather.”

Rips for Netflix avoided producer Lionsgate over the case.

According to sources close to production, the budget for Season 4 was significantly increased, with part of the increase earmarked for recurring cast members who were all offered. Some of them accepted, others held for more money, a standard negotiation strategy. All proposals were reportedly approved by series creator Justin Simian, with the conversation window closed when he was to begin writing the final season. (Simien Serves as EP / Co-listener Yvette Lee Boever.)

Based on Simian’s acclaimed debut indie feature, Dear blondes The predominantly white Ivy League is set against the backdrop of the university, where racial tension bubbles just below the surface. The satire series – which picked up where the 2014 Sundance hit left off – follows a group of Winchester University students of color as they explore social injustice, cultural prejudice, political correctness (or the diversity of its absence) and activism in the millennium era. Navigate a diverse landscape. .

Tardy played the role of Kenyan student Rashid Bakar, a like-minded young man who speaks five languages. He is trying to find out what it means for African-Americans to be African in America. Appeared in 11 episodes of Tardy Dear blondesThe first three seasons, six in season 1, two in season 2 and three in season 3.