Simu Liu Clarifies His Comments on the Ending of 'Kim's Convenience'
The actor explains that his comments "were never meant to be a massive bombshell exposé"
Published Jun 10, 2021After fanning the flames of some serious controversy surrounding the final season of Kim's Convenience, series star Simu Liu has now walked back some of his more heated criticism of the show and its producers.
In a statement obtained by Vanity Fair, the actor clarified his recent comments about the successful CBC sitcom, explaining that he never meant to "call anyone out specifically" in his lengthy Facebook post, but rather that "these were a string of thoughts that came from a deep and personal perspective that is incredibly nuanced."
He wrote: "The immigrant experience is rarely depicted in mainstream media in a positive light, and for that very reason, Kim's Convenience has a very special place in the hearts of countless fans globally — including mine."
Liu continued: "My recent comments on the ending of Kim's Convenience were never meant to be a massive bombshell exposé, nor was I trying to call anyone out specifically.
"I am proud of everything accomplished during our run and cannot wait to see how the legacy of the show and others like it impact future generations in finding their voice and telling their own stories."
Read Liu's full statement here.
Kim's Convenience came to an end following its Season 5 finale in April — a decision that Liu initially said left him feeling "pretty f**king angry."
Following the series' final episodes, the actor went on Facebook to explain why Kim's "can't be saved" and how he "adamantly refuses to reprise [his] role in any capacity," citing issues with pay, the portrayal of Asian characters, lack of representation in the writers' room and more.
Earlier this week, Liu's co-star Jean Yoon echoed some of his sentiments in a separate statement to Twitter, responding to a Globe and Mail by John Doyle titled "Bitterness abounds: More fallout from Kim's Convenience." She explained that the lack of Korean writers in the writers' room made her life "very difficult" and the experience of working on the show "painful."
Later this year, Liu will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the star of the forthcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
We recently spoke with Liu and co-star Andrew Phung about how Kim's Convenience has changed the Canadian TV landscape.