Jeffrey Dean Morgan has come to the defense of his The Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus after some fans blamed him for Melissa McBride’s departure from the upcoming Carol-Daryl spin-off.
“Some of you have gone MUCH too far,” Morgan tweeted late Thursday night. “Attacking Norm for some bullshit he has NOTHING to do with? Melissa made a call that was hers. She wants/needs a break. Respect that. Norm, who gave you more than anyone.
Some of you have gone WAY too far. TOXIC. Attacking the norm for shit it has NOTHING to do with? Melissa made a call that belonged only to her. She wants/needs a break. Respect that. Factors involved that concern no one. Norm, who gave you more than anyone. Just SHIT.
—Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) April 29, 2022
As reported by TVLine earlier this week, the upcoming spin-off will now be restructured into a show about Daryl, with McBride no longer part of the cast. In a statement to Hollywood journalist, an AMC spokesperson said the decision was partly logistical, as the show’s move to Europe “became logistically untenable for Melissa at this point.”
“Melissa McBride brought to life one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe,” the AMC rep said. “Unfortunately, she is no longer able to take part in the previously announced spin-off focusing on the characters of Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier, which will take place and film in Europe this summer and premiere next year.”
The statement continued, “We know fans will be disappointed with this news, but The Walking Dead The universe continues to grow and expand in interesting ways and we very much hope to see Carol again in the near future.
Some fans reacted badly to the news and got angry with Reedus. “I hope Melissa McBride has real friends in her life because Norman Reedus proved he wasn’t one of them when he took THEIR spin-off away from her,” wrote a viewer.
“You can all stop calling this a Melissa McBride exit for one. That’s not what an exit is. She always wanted this and was put in a situation where it was impossible. Then I was told it would go on without her. It’s a forced exit. Call him what he is,” added another comment.
The Daryl series is one of many Walking Dead spinoffs in the works, including a show set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan after Lauren Cohan’s Maggie and Morgan’s Negan, and the anthology series Tales of the Living Dead.