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Kurt Sutter Fired From FX's Mayans M.C.

His dismissal comes after multiple complaints were made about his behavior on set

Kaitlin Thomas

Kurt Sutter has been fired from his role as co-showrunner of Mayans M.C., the spin-off of his popular FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The magazine's sources say that Sutter's dismissal comes after multiple complaints were made about his behavior on set. Sutter himself notified the cast and crew of the series, which was co-created by Elgin James and is halfway through its second season on FX, in an email obtained by THR sent early Thursday.

"Apparently, Disney HR and Business Affairs has conducted an investigation into the unacceptable conditions that have been created on the set of Mayans in season 2," Sutter wrote. "As you know, I've removed myself quite a bit this season, allowing others to take a bigger role in producing the show. It appears that philosophy has backfired. It's been reported by writers, producers, cast and crew that my absence and subsequent behavior when there, has only created confusion, chaos, hostility and is perceived as abandonment. Or at least that's how Disney has interpreted it. I'm sure it's true."

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"This morning I was fired by Dana Walden and John Landgraf for all the complaints levied against me. Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand," the email continued. "I deeply apologize if I've made people feel less than or unsupported. My intention was literally the opposite. But clearly I've not been paying attention. My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Just know, I adore this cast and crew."

Earlier this year, Sutter had said he was going to step down from his showrunning duties on the series if it were picked up for a third season, and in his email, he stressed that James was "ready to take on the challenge of running the show."

"I'm sure FX will get him the support he needs to find and follow his vision," he wrote. "Although I will no longer be involved, I have no doubt the new team will move things forward with the same quality fans have come to expect. Thank you for the honor of working with all of you. I don't need, nor want, replies or condolences. I know where the love is. And for those of you who have it, I'm sure our paths will cross again."

TV Guide has reached out for comment.

Mayans M.C. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX.

​Kurt Sutter and Elgin James

Kurt Sutter and Elgin James

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