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Constance Wu Explains Why She Was 'Upset' Over Fresh Off the Boat's Renewal

The actress insists she does 'love and enjoy' the ABC sitcom, despite angry tweets

Lindsay MacDonald

Constance Wu posted a lengthy note on Twitter Saturday explaining her unexpected unhappy reaction to the renewal of her ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boatthe night before.

Contrary to her previous insistence that her controversial tweets had nothing to do with the show, Wu wrote that she indeed "was temporarily upset" on Friday, not because she hates Fresh Off the Boat but because the Season 7 renewal meant that she would have to give up another project that she "was really passionate about." The actress continued her explanation, saying that while playing Jessica is "easy and pleasant," she had been looking forward to the chance to play a role that would have challenged her more.

"Sometimes even my closest friends are baffled at how I could value artist challenge/difficulties over success/happiness. But I do. I know it's weird," Wu said. "But my words and ill-timing were insensitive to those who are struggling, especially insensitive considering the fact that I used to be in that struggle too. I do regret that and it wasn't nice and I am sorry for that."

The tweet comes after Wu caused a stir with a series of unhappy social media posts on Friday afternoon soon after ABC announced that Fresh Off the Boat had been renewed -- and then a flurry of tweets insisting her comments had nothing to do with the show's renewal.

After the announcement, Wu tweeted, "So upset right now that I'm literally crying. Ugh. F---." She followed it up with, "F---ing hell." When another tweeter responded that her comedy's renewal was "great news," Wu responded in a since-deleted tweet, "No it's not."

On the show's official Instagram post about the Season 6 renewal, Wu commented, "dislike," which also appears to have since been deleted.

​Constance Wu

Constance Wu

​Constance Wu

Constance Wu

​Constance Wu

Constance Wu

​Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

In addition to deleting the "No it's not" tweet and the Instagram comment, Wu issued a statement on Twitter Friday evening claiming she was actually "grateful" for the show's renewal and that her previous tweets were due to having a "rough day" and were "ill timed" given the news.

"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," Wu tweeted.

Wu also responded to the critical response to her tweets by again insisting that her tweets had nothing to do with being unhappy with the show's renewal: "That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk. I say f--- a lot. I love the word. Y'all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it's not what it's about. No it's not..what this is all about. Stop assuming."

When a follower replied with skepticism, Wu responded, "I said I was upset and crying. I did not say it was over a tv show. You're making an assumption."

Fresh Off the Boat is currently streaming on Hulu.

This post has been updated to include Wu's multiple clarifications on Twitter.