The actress, who last week responded to news the ABC sitcom had been renewed with "f---ing hell," will still appear as one of the show's leads, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said during a conference call on Tuesday.
"There's been no thought to recasting Constance. We love what she does on the show. I did actually know that Constance had another opportunity had Fresh Off the Boat not gone forward she would have pursued. But we never really considered not bringing back Fresh Off the Boat, it was just too strong."
After ABC announced it had renewed Fresh Off the Boat for a sixth season, Wu tweeted her displeasure, writing, "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F---." After a fan responded to Wu, writing the renewal was good news, the actress added, "No it's not." (That tweet has since been deleted, as did a comment, "dislike," Wu left on the ABC sitcom's Instagram account after it posted a photo heralding the Fresh Off the Boat renewal.)
So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. Fuck— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 10, 2019
After Wu's surprising remarks went viral, the actress posted a pair of clarifications. The first said, in part, that the tweets came "on the heels" of a rough day and that she was "grateful" for the renewal.
Todays tweets were on the heels of rough day&were ill timed w/the news of the show. Plz know, Im so grateful for FOTB renewal. I love the cast&crew. Im proud to be a part of it. For all the fans support, thank u & for all who support my casual use of the word fuck-thank u too😘— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 11, 2019
A day later, Wu issued a second, lengthier statement, explaining her initial unhappiness with the renewal was rooted in the fact that returning to the ABC series cost her another role that she was "really passionate about."
These words are my truth. I hope you hear them pic.twitter.com/l6SvbFcUlj— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) May 11, 2019
Echoing Wu's final statement on the Fresh Off the Boat tweets, Burke said Tuesday that she chose to "believe" Wu's remarks.
"I'm going to choose to believe Constance's most recent communication about the show that she's happy to return and the cast and crew is happy to have her back."
Fresh Off the Boat will remain part of ABC's Friday night lineup when it returns for a sixth season in the fall. Here's a full look at the ABC schedule.