Constance Wu talks about her time on Hot off the press and making allegations that she was sexually harassed by a senior producer of the 2015-20 ABC sitcom.
In an interview with The New York Timestells Wu about an incident she describes in her memoir Create a scene where a producer she only references by an initial exhibited “controlling behavior”.
“Hot off the press was my very first TV show. I was thrown into this world,” Wu told NOW. “I have no parents in the industry. And because I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.”
Wu also revealed that the producer touched her thigh and grazed her groin during a sporting event in 2015. The Crazy Rich Asians actor also said there was another argument during the second season of Hot off the press about attending a film festival, but by then Wu felt empowered to cut ties with the producer in question.
In an interview of The Atlantic OceanWu said she had not opened up about this situation in the past for fear of consequences.
“I kept my mouth shut for a long time about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said. “Because after the first two seasons, once it was a success, when I was no longer afraid of losing my job, from this point on I could say ‘no’ to the bullying, ‘no’ to the harassment, certain producer. And so I thought, ‘You know what? I’ve handled it, no one needs to know, I don’t need to tarnish the reputation of this Asian-American producer. I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the show.’”
I had a pretty traumatic experience with ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ for the first few years, @ConstanceWu says to #TAF22. “That show was historic for Asian Americans… and I didn’t want to tarnish the reputation of the only show we represented. So I kept my mouth shut.” pic.twitter.com/fR4KJyYoKm
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 23, 2022
Wu also spoke about the infamous tweet in 2019 after learning that ABC had revamped Hot off the press for another season.
“I wanted to have a new slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse,” she shared. The Atlantic Ocean. “A few people knew [the harassment] happened, and to go to work every day and see those people who knew he was sexually harassing me felt like a betrayal every time,” she added. “I loved everyone on that crew and I loved working on that show, but it had that history of abuse that it started with, and even though I dealt with it after two years, I was looking forward to a clean slate.”
A representative for 20th Television, who produced Hot off the presshad no comment.