‘The Walking Dead’: Jeffrey Dean Morgan slams ‘toxic’ fans after Melissa McBride exit

Jeffrey Dean Morgan sets the record straight on a next The Walking Dead spin off. After the announcement this week that Melissa McBride will no longer star in the planned series, some fans have started blaming her co-star, Norman Reedus. Morgan, who will be the headliner of his Walking Dead branching out with costar Lauren Cohendid not appreciate the speculation.

“Some of you have gone MUCH too far,” he wrote on Twitter 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.Just SHIT.

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McBride and Reedus have played Carol and Daryl, respectively, since The Walking DeadThe 2010 premiere. A spin-off series featuring the pair was first announced in September 2020, but AMC confirmed this week that the show will focus solely on Daryl going forward. “Melissa McBride brought to life one of the most interesting, real, human and popular characters in The Walking Dead Universe,” AMC said in a statement. “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. Moving to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time.

This led some viewers to wonder if Reedus had insisted on the European locale. “Norman has nothing to do with the picking place”, Morgan tweeted in response to a fan request. “It’s studio/network. Not actors. We can say yes and do, or no, and not do… MAYBE. SOMETIMES. If we’re lucky and we don’t have a contract yet. The actor rarely has this power.

The Walking DeadThe 11th and final season of, which stars Reedus and McBride, is on hiatus and will wrap later this year.

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