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Major Trouble For Actor Jason Mitchell (The Chi & Straight Outta Compton)

by Amari
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Jason Mitchell of The Chi is seemingly in some hot water. Wanna know how bad it is?


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SubjectJason Mitchell
CategoryTV News

Summary

According to Deadline, Mitchell, known around these parts as Brandon on The Chi, is being accused about some seriously inappropriate behavior. It’s so series that he got dropped by not only his agent, but his management, a Netflix movie, AND The Chi. The alleged incident didn’t happen on the set of one of his now former roles but seems to have happened during his personal time.

It should be noted, back in a 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club (8:54), Mitchell stated he did have previous charges for drug possession, possibly distribution, and was at probation at the time for five years. During the interview, Mitchell avoided revealing how far into his probation he did.

Update: So, according to Shadow and Act, per The Hollywood Reporter, we at least get to know why he was dropped from The Chi. From what it appears, alongside Tiffany Boone, who plays his character’s fiancee, other actresses on the show felt uncomfortable with him! In terms of Boone specifically, it got to the point of her feeling unsafe and her making complaints of sexual harassment. Now, as for what was the final straw? That hasn’t been revealed.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. What did he do?!

Commentary

I don’t know what Mitchell did, but considering he just got nominated for an MTV Movie & TV Award for his performance in The Chi, this isn’t good timing. And I know, “Who cares about an MTV Award?” but let’s note The Chi, despite how good it is, and it’s fairly recent renewal for a season 3, can always use promotion and publicity. Add in Mitchell was the sole nomination for the show, and it makes the possibility of MTV scrubbing his name matter even more. Especially as, like with most shows, the ratings slowly creep on a downward trend. Making accolades, even ones which may not hold the same prestige as an Emmy or Golden Globe, helpful when it comes to renewal potential and also cast salary re-ups.

Mitchell’s character Brandon with co-stars Kevin (Alex R. Hibbert) and Jerrika (Tiffany Boone)

But, with that said, there is also the need to question how will cutting Mitchell so abruptly affect The Chi? Brandon has been integrated into multiple storylines, and while Jerrika and Emmett could survive without his character, Kevin too, he would leave a gaping hole in the program. Which could be handled with him being killed off or put in prison, but this is all assuming Showtime thinks the show can go on without Mitchell’s character.

Not to downplay the performances of the other actors, for The Chi is an ensemble show, but there is a reason Mitchell is being noted more than the others. Plus, as shown by Love Is___ on OWN, a season renewal can be yanked quickly. And while, in that case, it was one of the creators who got in trouble, who is to say Showtime may feel this show can’t, or shouldn’t, go on because one of its biggest names had to be removed? But, until that time, stay tuned for further recap/ review (with spoilers) here on Wherever I Look.

Update

Yeah, considering what he got cut for, I can fully see them killing him off. But it makes you wonder, is that why Sonja Sohn didn’t return for season 2 of The Chi? Maybe she objected to working with Mitchell and his behavior? Maybe feeling, considering she was one of the most reputable actors on the show, the face he was kept on despite her, and many other actresses complaining, was a slap in the face?

I mean, I don’t have sources, this is just my speculation, but considering how Boone was released to pursue other projects, when she spoke to producers, who is to say others didn’t take that option and permanently leave or maintained being a reoccurring role to keep the money coming in? As for Boone, well it isn’t clear if Mitchell started acting up during the filming of season 1 or 2, so in terms of us seeing her so much this season, let’s not pretend like they aren’t as touchy-feely as season 1. Much less, they aren’t attached at the hip like in season 1.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
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Director(s)Becca Rodriguez
Writer(s)Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks
Air Date5/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
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  • A Little Sunshine After The Storm: Ronnie, Jada, Miss Ethel
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Director(s)Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Writer(s)Terri Kopp
Air Date6/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Writer(s)J. David Shanks, Joe Wilson
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Introduced This Episode
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Writer(s)Ayanna Floyd Davis
Air Date6/16/2019
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Writer(s)Justin Hillian, Dime Davis
Air Date5/12/2019
Introduced This Episode
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  • Trying To Get A Leg Up: Jerrika, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner, Brandon, Emmett, Neva, Shay, Dan, Tiff, Otis, Darnell, Greavy
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Writer(s)Casallina Kisakye
Air Date4/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Alderman BonerPhillip Edward Van Lear
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  • Can’t Always Be There When You Want: Jada, Darnell, Emmett, Jerrika, Brandon, Tiffany, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner
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Director(s)Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s)Ayanna Floyd Davis, Joe Wilson
Air Date5/5/2019
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  • Restitution: Rafiq, Jada, Emmett, Ronnie
  • Come Together, Over Me: Brandon, Kevin, Emmett, Douda, Reg, Keisha, Nina
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Network
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CreatorLena Waithe
Director(s)Rick Famuyiwa
Writer(s)Lena Waithe
Noted Cast
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JerrikaTiffany Boone
CoogieJahking Guillory
LaverneSonja Sohn
RonnieNtare Guma Mbaho Mwine
TracyTai’isha Davis
KevinAlex R. Hibbert
JakeMichael Epps
PapaShamon Brown Jr.
AndreaMariah Gordon
EmmettJacob Latimore
KeishaBirgundi Baker
Mr. GascaJosé Antonio García
JadaYolonda Ross
SarahKristina Emerson
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Writer(s)Elwood Reid and Lena Waithe
Release Date 1/6/2018
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QuentinSteven Williams
SonnyCedric Young
Miss TinyErica Watson
Alderman MartinezSammy A. Publes
MaishaGenesis Denise Hale
NinaTyla Abercrumbie
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Detective CruzArmando Riesco
MeldrickByron Bowers
TiffanyHannah Hall
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Writer(s)Adam Glass and Ayanna Floyd Davis
Air Date1/21/2018
Characters Introduced
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Writer(s)Elwood Reid, Justin Hillian, Mike Flynn
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Characters Introduced
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Writer(s)Marcus Gardley
Air Date2/11/2018
Characters Introduced
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JBCurtis Toler
KasimBassam Abdelfattah
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  • Trying To Bring Back Some Peace: Q, Sonny, Brandon, Hannibal, Kevin, Maisha
  • Ain’t No Party Without Some Drama: Jerrika, Brandon, Q, Reg, Ronnie, Tracy
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Writer(s)Casallina Kisayke
Air Date2/18/2018
Characters Introduced
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BeckyMelissa Carlson
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  • O.G. Movements: Quentin, Trice, Reg, Tep, JB
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Writer(s)Lena Waithe, Dime Davis
Air Date2/25/18
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Writer(s)Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
Air Date3/4/2018
Characters Introduced
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Writer(s)Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones
Air Date3/11/2018
Characters Introduced
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  • Stepping Up: Emmett, Jada, Ronnie, Ethel, Detective Cruz, Detective Wallace
  • Trying to be Big Homey/ We Need To Talk: Reg, Kevin, Papa, Jake, Quentin, Detective Wallace, Laverne, Tracy
  • What Was In The Dark Comes to Light, And It Isn’t Always Something Evil and Disgusting – Just Uncomfortable: Jerrika, Brandon, Luis, Sarah, Ronnie
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Director(s)Justin Tipping
Writer(s)Elwood Reid
Air Date3/18/18
  • Curtain Call: Trice, Jason, Detective Wallace, Quentin, Reg, Jake, Kevin, Papa, Andrea, Maisha
  • The Job Of a Father: Emmett, Tiffany, Jada
  • Closure: Ronnie, Brandon, Jerrika, Reg, Laverne, Detective Cruz
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Director(s)Darren Grant
Writer(s)Joe Wilson
Air Date4/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Detective Alice ToussaintCrystal Dickinson
DoudaCurtiss Cook
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  • Things Can’t Be As They Appear: Brandon, Jerrika, Amir, Tiffany, Emmett, Darnell, Jada
  • The New Cop To The Southside: Detective Toussaint, Detective Cruz, Reggie, Brandon, Miss Ethel, Ronnie, Kimberly, Kevin
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Director(s)Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s)Ayanna Floyd Davis, Lena Waithe
Air Date4/7/2019
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  • Surviving Chicago: Miss Ethel
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Writer(s)J. David Shanks
Air Date4/21/2019
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  • Technicalities: Kimberly, Detective Cruz, Ronnie, Detective Toussaint, Gladys, Kevin, Miss Ethel

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