"The 100" Actor Ricky Whittle Claims He Left Show Due To "Bullying"

    Warning: This post contains spoilers.

    The 100 has caused controversy in recent weeks with the deaths of two beloved characters.

    Fans felt outraged and betrayed over the death of Lexa, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey, and the way it played into the "Bury Your Gays" trope. It came as a shock in episode 7 of season 3, after showrunner Jason Rothenberg teased on social media that she would survive until the finale at least.

    The death of Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) in the most recent episode was less of a shock due to hints Whittle had dropped on his own Twitter, as well as tweets from his mother that claimed Whittle had "walked away" due to bullying on set.

    In an interview with AfterBuzz TV on Tuesday, Whittle elaborated on his decision to leave the show.

    Jason Rothenberg abused his position to make my job untenable. What he did was disgusting and he should be ashamed. A lot was made of something my mum said all over Twitter but what she said was true. He was professionally bullying me. Cutting out all the storyline that I was supposed to be doing. Cutting lines, cutting everything out, trying to make my character and myself as insignificant as possible to the point where it was starting to get me down.

    Whittle said he had been in a "very dark place", claiming Rothenberg "chose to belittle me and neglect my character and myself."

    He said that the "incredible cast" stuck by him and helped him through a tough time.

    Whittle urged fans not to abandon the show or attack people involved on social media.

    He also had a positive message for anyone experiencing bullying.

    You can watch the full interview here.


    In a statement provided to BuzzFeed, Rothenberg wrote, "Ricky Whittle is a talented actor; I appreciate his work on The 100 and wish him all the best moving forward on American Gods."