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    "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.

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    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."

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    He added: "If this was in the playground, it would have got physical… but I'm an adult and violence isn't going to solve anything. Nowadays what do you do, it's your boss. There's nothing you can do... so you play smart, you smile, you continue to not rock the ship and hope the storm passes. But it didn't."

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

    "One thing I'll never forgive [Rothenberg] for is that he made me walk away from something I really loved. I love Lincoln, I love the show, I love that cast and crew and he forced me to make that choice to walk away. And I'm proud I did it, I stood up and said 'enough is enough'. My personal wellbeing is more important than this."

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

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    "Blood must not have blood… I don't stand for anyone bullying bullies... My big message is keep watching this show. Keep watching The 100. It's an incredible show and that's my family."

    He also had a positive message for anyone experiencing bullying.

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    "It's darkest before the dawn and you can make it through. No one should ever suffer in silence. Bullies thrive in silence… [but] there's always someone you can talk to."

    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."

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