Mayans M.C. will have to continue on without its co-creator Kurt Sutter. FX has fired the showrunner and creator of Sons of Anarchy. According to Sutter in a letter he wrote to the cast and crew, he was fired for being an "abrasive dick." Sources close to the matter say there have been "multiple complaints" as a result of his behavior on the hit drama series. Interestingly enough, Sutter's overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV has not been affected by his firing from the series.
Kurt Sutter has not released an official statement to the press at this time. He last posted on social media yesterday and he was at Disneyland, which he called "the Happiest Place on Earth." Sources say Sutter was fired from Mayans M.C. on Wednesday and that his letter was sent out today, October 17th. As of this writing, representatives from the network and Sutter have not made a comment on the situation.
Kurt Sutter has a reputation for being a bit abrasive on his sets, to put it mildly. He framed and hung a letter he received in his office detailing his "unprofessional behavior" on Sons of Anarchy and with executives at Fox 21. However, he didn't hang it out of pride, he did so to remind him of the fact that his behavior could cause lawsuits at some point down the line. With that being said, it doesn't look like it ever did him any good.
When the Fox and Disney deal was going through, Kurt Sutter knew there would be some climate change and he'd have to adapt his behavior to survive his new bosses. After Disney took over, Sutter was brought in for talks, which he detailed in an interview. You can read what he had to say about said meeting below.
"It was just a conversation about, 'This is the current climate. We don't suspect that you're going to sabotage anything, but we need to do the due diligence. And at first it was disconcerting because I'm like, 'What does that mean? Does it mean there's a new watchdog on my shoulder?' And it didn't mean any of that. It was basically, 'We know who you are, we know what you can do, we have to make sure that when new entities come in that we can vouch for (you).
And at the very least we can say we have had this conversation.' Then there was, in a very politically delicate way, a 'Are there any skeletons in your closet that are gonna come back and bite us in the ass?' And I was like, 'Well, as far as I know, I didn't Weinstein anybody. I may have upset people, I may have said inappropriate things, but there was not (any of that).' But again, they needed to do the due diligence. And as Landgraf says, 'It's a different climate and you have to acknowledge it and be aware of it and move in step with it.'"
Mayans M.C. is currently in the middle of its second season and a possible third has not been green lit by the studio at this time. Kurt Sutter's firing could prove to be the final blow for the Sons of Anarchy spin-off, which is just starting to gain some momentum with the return of fan-favorite characters. This is a developing story and more news, including a statement from Sutter, is expected. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the Kurt Sutter news.