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    Simu Liu Opened Up About The Abrupt Ending Of "Kim's Convenience" And He Had A Lot To Say

    "The show can't be 'saved.'"

    The final season of Kim's Convenience just premiered, and star Simu Liu isn't holding back about the show's abrupt ending.

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    In a lengthy Facebook post, Simu opened up about the producers' decision to bring the show to end and what had been going on behind the scenes for the past five seasons.

    "The show can't be 'saved.' It was not 'cancelled' in a traditional manner, i.e., by a network after poor ratings. Our producers...are the ones who chose not to continue," Simu began.

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    He explained that since the producers own the show's intellectual property, it cannot be passed to Netflix or another network to continue.

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    Instead, he says, the producers decided to create a spin-off for Shannon, one of the only non-Asian characters on the show

    Simu says that the producers and writers, who were "overwhelmingly white," never afforded the Asian cast an opportunity to tell their stories, despite a "plethora of lived experiences to draw from."

    "I was...growing increasingly frustrated with the way my character was being portrayed... It was always my understanding that the lead actors were the stewards of character, and would grow to have more creative insight as the show went on. This was not the case on our show," Simu said.

    He continued, "Imagine my disappointment year after year knowing that Jung was just stuck at Handy and in absolutely no hurry to improve himself in any way. More importantly, the characters never seemed to grow...I remain fixated on the missed opportunities to show Asian characters with real depth and the ability to grow and evolve."

    When Simu did offer his input about the show's direction or plot, he was often turned down by the show's team.

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    "I voiced my interest in shadowing a director or writer's room...my prior experience had taught me that if I just put myself out there enough, people would be naturally inclined to help. And, boy, was I wrong here. I wasn't the only one who tried. Many of us in the cast were trained screenwriters with thoughts and ideas that only grew more seasoned with time. But those doors were never opened to us in any meaningful way," Simu explained.

    He added that he does not think creator Ins Choi "did enough to be a champion for [Asian] voices," and when he left, a catalyst for the show's ending, he did not find a replacement.

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    Simu also responded to rumors that he didn't have an interest in a sixth season due to his starring role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but he says that's far from the truth.

    Although he says that the cast did not always get along, he admits it could have been due to his "insecurities" that at times caused him to say and do "things that were stupid and not helpful."

    Simu suggested that had things been better between the cast, they may have been able to band together to demand a better situation and more than their "horsepoop rate."

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    "We also never banded together and demanded more — probably because we were told to be grateful to even be there, and because we were so scared to rock the boat. Maybe also because we were too busy infighting to understand that we were deliberately being pitted against each other," he wrote.

    Despite the difficulties, Simu says he is "saddened that we will never get to watch these characters grow" and is "touched by the volume and the voracity" of the show's fans.

    Read all that Simu had to say in his Facebook post.

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