The CW’sBlack Lightning could have introduced its remaining season Friday, however one in all its essential cast members was already planning an early exit.
In an Instagram video posted Saturday, China Anne McClain (who performs Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning), revealed that the show’s upcoming fourth season was going to be her final “no matter if it went on or not.”
Though the actress stated she did not discover out in regards to the collection ending till the information broke Friday, she elaborated, “What I did know and have identified together with the remainder of the cast since earlier than we even began capturing this season is that I’m leaving the show. And was leaving the show. This was going to be my final season.”
McClain additionally confirmed that she solely signed on for a restricted variety of Season 4 episodes, so followers can count on to see far much less of Lightning when the show returns Feb. 8 to start its remaining run.
As for why she selected to exit, McClain solely offered hints. “There’s been rather a lot to occur over this quarantine, and I’m not speaking in regards to the PC facet of it,” she stated, whereas discussing the pandemic and present methods of the world. “God is shifting me in a couple of approach than simply this show. It’s greater than this show. I’m doing God’s work now… and I’m not doing the rest.”
The actress was fast to clarify that her resolution was not fueled by any on-set drama or unhappiness with the show or its community. Rather, she praised the folks in cost, and made it clear that her resolution was a private selection.
“I’m not leaving as a result of I had a horrible time working at The CW,” she stated, combating again tears. “I just like the CW. I like [CW network president] Mark Pedowitz, I like [Warner Bros. president] Peter Roth, [EP] Greg Berlanti, I like [showrunner] Salim [Akil], I at all times will. He will get it. And folks that truly know me… they know why I make the choices that I make.”
Toward the top of the clip, she wished nothing however the very best for Akil and costar Jordan Calloway, whose spinoff Painkiller is presently in improvement.
“Congratulations to Salim and Jordan, who simply received a derivative. Please help him in that. God did that for him and he’ll do nice, I do know it,” McClain added.
Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi (newly promotedto collection common!) and Calloway as Khalil Payne.
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