Actor Jason Mitchell Talks About Being Terminated From The Chi
Actor Jason Mitchell was fired from the hit Showtime series The Chi following allegations of sexual misconduct with co-star actress Tiffany Boone and showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis back in May. Today he stopped by The Breakfast Club to tell his side of the story and how the allegations have affected his career. Mitchell was also fired from the Netflix film Desperados while it was in pre-production.
Mitchell explained his version of what went down on Desperados.
“I went out with a co-worker of mine and she got drunk. I made sure she got home and the next day it all kind of slapped me in my face, I’m not sure if her and her significant other had a situation…. I actually had a girlfriend at the time too as well, and I felt like I was doing the right thing. The next day they canceled the rehearsal, I told them my side of the story and I don’t know if there was something that I missed.” According to Mitchell he was never officially accused of anything specific, but Netflix then made an “executive decision” to part ways with him.
When asked about any tensions between him and co-star Tiffany Boone, he denied inappropriate behavior with Boone. Mitchell admitted the two solely had a working relationship, noting that he and Boone “never have been the best of friends.” He claimed Boone would’ve stuck up for herself in the moment and that she never went to HR with a statement about his actions.
Mitchell stated what probably led to his actual firing because of a heated discussion with second season show runner Ayanna Floyd Davis when asked about his well-being and implied he may “self-medicate” after his good friend was killed.
“I might have unintentionally sort of intimidated her and I can take that ‘L’,” he recalled. “For me, I can definitely take my ‘L’ and say, I could have handled that better. There was a time where I could have just walked off. I didn’t have to say anything to her; I didn’t have to respond.”
Jason felt like Ayanna spoke for Tiffany, He claimed Boone would’ve stuck up for herself in the moment and that she never went to HR with a statement about his actions.
“[Tiffany] doesn’t need it to be mediated. I feel like it was a thing that came from Ayanna,” he said. “Like I said, she used this #MeToo Movement as a really, really ugly weapon.”
Watch the complete Jason Mitchell interview below