DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star Dominic Purcell caused quite a stir this weekend with a fiery post on Instagram announcing his exit from The CW’s DC superhero show whilst throwing a few jabs at Warner Bros. Television in the process. Here’s the original (now deleted) post, where Purcell announced he would be walking away from the show after its upcoming sixth season.
“Deal isn’t done. I have no interest,” said Purcell regarding his inclusion in the seventh season. “What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. Im walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character— not an actor in the world could have done better. FACT…. Such a funny c*** ……..Time to move on and see how shit unfolds. @caitylotz @nickzano look after the kids coming through. They need education. They are a number— teach them to not rely on loyalty from the studio. The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority. ….Much love to all. It’s not lost on me how very fortunate I am. …..ACTORS HIT ME UP ON DM.”
The actor then followed this up with a second post, clarifying that he does not in fact have beef with Warner Bros. TV, and that he expects to appear “periodically” in the seventh season – just not on a full time basis:
“AND NO BODY HAS FORCED ME TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT….God would everyone chill the fuck out. Why are people losing their mind because I’m leaving the show. Yes my tone was heavy straight to the point. I use cuss words cause I do and I’m Australian It’s who I am. Do I have a beef with the studio at @warnerbrostv NO!…….Yes I said they don’t care. That’s not correct of course they do— just me being emotional and over stuff. We work we all work in a big machine. Sometimes shit happens. It’s life. …….. here are the facts. I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis. I will come back periodically with a handshake deal with my boss Phil Klemmer. I have and always have had a tremendous relationship with the Bosses and the studio @warnerbrostv Peter Roth and I had a tremendous working relationship I was super sad when he retired. My wording was aggressive in tone because sometimes I get frustrated and annoyed it’s been a long long heavy year locked up in #Vancouver for 9 months without going home. Who doesn’t and who hasn’t lashed out. Im fuckin human. So for god sake chill on. “Dominic Purcell and the studio are beefing” total bullshit. It’s simply not true the press always turn shit into what it’s not. I haven’t quit. My contract is up. 6 years not 7. I’ve never quit on a contract and never would. So to all the fans you will see me again next year on season 7 periodically. I hope this has clarified stuff. I must admit I was freaked the fuck out on how much press I got or this got world wide. But hey @cw_legendsoftomorrow hasn’t ever got as much press ever stoked!!”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 6 premieres on May 2nd on The CW.