Kurt Sutter, who was fired earlier this month from the FX biker drama series “Mayans M.C.,” opened up about the events he says led to his dismissal. Sutter, the creator of “Sons of Anarchy” and co-creator of the “Mayans” spinoff, talked about his firing as part of an in-depth interview with Deadline.
After the interviewer asked whether the influence of new Disney ownership played a role in souring Sutter’s relationship with Fox and FX, Sutter revealed what he thinks he did wrong.
“It all started with a joke,” Sutter told Deadline. “And not a very good one. There was a line in the Season 2 premiere. EZ [JD Pardo] and Coco [Richard Cabral] were getting off the bus at the school where the drugs were being processed. There was supposed to be a really gnarly playground out front. Filled with debris, dangerous looking swings, sharp objects, rusty jungle gym, etc. As they exited, Coco sees EZ’s distracted and says: ‘Lighten up Boy Scout,’ and gesturing to the playground, says, ‘We’re going to Disneyland.’ EZ replies: ‘Yeah? Guess this is where Walt buried all the Jews he had killed.’ Coco comments: ‘That’s dark man…’ And exits.”
Sutter added that he knew the Disney joke would “ring some bells,” but explained that he was “already experiencing the tightening of the noose. It was manifesting in production issues, creating more hurdles, etc.” Sutter said he has learned that “when dealing with new restrictions often implemented by a change in personnel, it’s best to respond by lobbing a grenade.”
He also commented: “So when I was informed that the Walt, Jew killing line had to go, I agreed and changed it to … ‘We’re going to Disneyland.’ And now EZ says, ‘Yeah… if Mickey and Pluto were pedophiles.'”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Deadline to read the full interview.