Lena Waithe Regrets How She Handled Alleged Sexual Harassment Claims About Jason Mitchell on ‘The Chi’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jason Mitchell and Lena Waithe

Fans of The Chi have been nervous to see season Three play out after Jason Mitchell’s firing and the exit of Tiffany Boone. Boone left the present amid accusing Mitchell of sexual harassment. Lena Waithe, the creator of the present, admits she regrets the way in which she dealt with the ordeal with Mitchell and Boone.

Jason Mitchell and Lena Waithe
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Lena Waithe responds to Jason Mitchell’s firing and Tiffany Boone’s exit on ‘The Chi’

Mitchell’s firing got here days after The Chi was renewed for season 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a number of of Mitchell’s co-stars, together with his on-screen love curiosity Tiffany Boone, filed sexual harassment claims in opposition to him with the community.

Boone’s exit got here after alleged failed makes an attempt to appropriate Mitchell’s habits with obligatory sexual harassment trainings.

Mitchell initially signed on for season Three however was fired.

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Waithe spoke with The Breakfast Club to deal with criticism that she allowed Mitchell’s habits to proceed for so long as it did. She admitted that as an alternative of her dealing with the scenario herself, she let HR at Showtime, in addition to the showrunner of The Chi, take their very own measures with Micthell and the remainder of the workers. 

Waithe claimed the showrunner advised her issues on set have been good in the course of the filming of season 2. She later discovered in any other case. 

I’m listening to that the set is totally completely different … after which I get a name from Ayanna (Floyd Davis, the present runner) saying that issues are persisting, not rather a lot has modified in that space, however you possibly can’t attain out, you’ve gotta sit tight, HR has to deal with it. And my largest remorse is that I ought to have simply mentioned, ‘Forget that,’ and never trusted anyone to do my job and simply reached out to Tiffany alone, like, ‘Yo, what’s occurring? What can I do? What can Lena do?’ And as an alternative, I trusted another person to do my job.

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Lena Waithe regrets her dealing with of the allegations in opposition to Jason Mitchell on ‘The Chi’

The Chi returned for season Three in June 2020 with a number of new forged members. In the absence of Mitchell and Boone, storylines of different characters are being additional delved into. Still, Waithe knew the duty she was up in opposition to with viewers lacking Mitchell and Boone as they have been two central characters.

When talking with Kandi Burruss in an episode of her YouTube sequence Speak On It, Waithe says she in the end regrets her dealing with of the scenario with Mitchell.

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“I just wish I had the tools and I wish I was more mature and I wish I stepped up in a different way,” she mentioned. “Even my behavior that followed…I wish I would have just handled it differently. But now…we’ve finally figured out our groove, we’ve finally figured out the ingredients and it takes time sometimes to do that – it takes time to learn the lessons and to really figure it out.”

Overall, Waithe says the expertise was a studying lesson for her. She now believes that she’s discovered her footing three seasons in and appears ahead to the end result.

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