New Cobie Smulders ABC Series Recasts A Male Lead, Departing Mark Webber Calls Treatment “Degrading”
ABC’s Cobie Smulders pilot (fka Stumptown) was the first new drama series order at the network.
The cast list did not include one of the male leads opposite star Smulders in the pilot, Mark Webber.
He is being recast. Webber did not take the news lightly.
Look, I’m a straight white male so I know my journey has been way less painful in this warped industry, but I’m being recast in a network television show because I’m not handsome enough for the executives. It’s important for me to share the real pain we endure in this industry.— mark webber (@likemark) May 8, 2019
I’m so curious how they’re going to frame this in their upfront announcement. What the spin will be? Probably none as I’ve already been deemed insignificant by them. The way I was treated was so degrading. These “executive” decisions are why network tv is dying.— mark webber (@likemark) May 8, 2019
The way this industry has contributed to women hating their bodies is just ONE of the many things I’ve abhorred for so long. I know a lot of us men generally stay silent with our challenges in this arena.— mark webber (@likemark) May 8, 2019
I was raised by a single teenage mom. We were poor. We were homeless. We lived in the streets. She became a radical revolutionary leader. I give zero fucks what filthy rich executives at huge corporations think about me. Never have. Never will.— mark webber (@likemark) May 10, 2019
I feel sad that by expressing my own bad experience with the show I was fired from, that it could interfere with the positive experience the actors & creatives that are still on the show should be having. I wish the writers, producers and cast nothing but love.— mark webber (@likemark) May 12, 2019
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