CBS sitcom creator exited in April following complaints of his management style and handling of race-related issues
Complaints about Reynolds centered on his management style and handling of race-related issues, according to multiple media reports. Two Black writers who shared critical feedback with the studio left the show after Season 3, the outlets wrote.
“At this moment, in light of everything going on in the world, I had concluded that I am not the right person to continue to tell these stories,” Reynolds (pictured above, left, with series star Cedric the Entertainer) said as part of a statement shared with multiple media outlets.
His full statement at the time read: “I am very proud of ‘The Neighborhood’ and have given everything of myself over the last three years to make this the best show possible. I am so happy that the show has found such an enthusiastic audience and that it will live on. At this moment, in light of everything going on in the world, I had concluded that I am not the right person to continue to tell these stories. I am excited to see the show thrive and wish everyone involved the very best.”
Prior to “The Neighborhood,” Reynolds was a co-executive producer and writer on CBS comedies “9JKL” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
“The Neighborhood,” which is CBS’ No. 2 comedy behind “Young Sheldon,” was renewed for a fourth season in February. The sitcom is “about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest (Max Greenfield) moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness,” according to CBS’ logline. In addition to Greenfield and his on-screen next-door neighbor Cedric the Entertainer, “The Neighborhood” also stars Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears, Beth Behrs and Tichina Arnold.
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