Last week, Orlando Jones shared a video claiming that he won't be returning for Season 3 of American Gods because he was fired over concerns about the message his character, Mr. Nancy, is sending to black America.
Now, Jones is speaking up about how he really feels. The actor spoke with SiriusXM host Clay Cane of The Clay Cane Show, and called showrunner Charles Eglee a "culture vulture white guy."
"Culture vulture white guy is running around with a Black Panther t-shirt on talking like you black, acting like you black, thinking you blacker than black people," Jones explained. "You're playing that whole game, which is the only reason you would run your ass around and say something is crazy as Mr. Nancy's bad for black America and clearly there's nobody around to correct you."
"There's nobody of color around you who feels they have the guts to say, 'Hey sir, you probably shouldn't say that you write from a black male perspective," he continued. "You're like a 60 plus-year-old white man. Are you serious right now?"
When Cane asks Jones what he means by Eglee talking like he's black, the actor said "if you ask anybody about who the season three showrunner is, the two things that they will tell you is that he is a white man and he thinks he's black."
"He wears Stay Woke hats and Black Panther t-shirts and sunglasses. Dresses like old school Run DMC type of deal. Look at the pictures. He's white, but it's one of those white guys who talks like a black guy," Jones added. "I don't have any problems with somebody who's a fan of the culture, but that doesn't make you black."
Jones also called Eglee a "wigga," prefacing it by acknowledging that it's an offensive word. "So you hired a guy who I'm going to use a word, I don't mean to offend anybody. If you are offended, get over it. I've been called everything in the book. I don't give offense, you take offense," he said. "That's how this works. So I'm going to throw "wigger" in the air, alright? You claim it as your own. I wasn't talking to you "wigga" I was just talking. So you got this guy who that's his behavior, that's how he presents himself and you guys chose to hand this into this person's hands because you thought that was a good idea
Jone also talked about questionable decisions made by Eglee with regards to the show. "When he said to you that he wanted to get rid of the Muslim gay character guy, and the angry black God guy, and the new whatever Asian, you need to get rid of her and I don't care about that Sam black girl character," he said. "I don't care about it. Whatever. Here's what I want to do. I want to do a doff metal and I'm going to get like Marilyn Manson, who's really death metal, do like a God like that, and that's what he did, and that's no disrespect to Marilyn Manson. That's what he did."
Though Jones is upset that the character won't be returning for season 3, he was more considered in his response to Cane, who asked if he would fight back about the issue legally.
"You'll hear soon enough, it won't be long, but at the end of the day, I always try and be mindful and thoughtful and encourage others to be thoughtful in those decisions," Jones said. "So, I'm not going to spit it out here like it's not an important thing to consider when people make these types of moves."