Hats off to Latina.com for taking the time to get the ‘full’ story on this latest controversy. Fringe star Kirk Acevedo, who plays Charlie on the show, announced – in caps – that he had been fired from the show via his Facebook account. “Well boys and girls they done did yer boy wrong! They fired me off Fringe and I’ve never been fired in my life!!!!” Acevedo declared, setting a blogging firestorm into action. So far, FOX has said nothing further about the supposed firing of the Fringe fan-favorite (pardon the alliteration).
My gut reaction is: this sucks. Charlie is one of my favorite characters on Fringe, and a big part of the chemistry of the show. He is the only face that brings a sense of history to Anna Torv’s Olivia Dunham. That said, though, and after reading what Latina.com got by digging a little deeper, I’m going to have to say that this whole outburst thing is bit too much Acevedo tantruming. Acevedo admitted to Latina.com that his option for renewal was not picked up. In other words, he was passed over – not fired. ‘It’s called not picking up my option. But at the end of the day, you got fired!” Acevedo told Latina.com. Again, a big mistake, but his reaction certainly does no service to the people on the show who will go on without him.
No doubt the production passed on Acevedo because of mounting pressure in the industry to bring budgets down. Fringe has already moved its production to Vancouver, cutting a cast member or two seems like painfully natural next steps. I’m sure it is an emotional and disappointing time for Acevedo right now – but it is kind of sad that he has fallen into the same celebrity trap as so many others these days by shooting off about it on a social networking site. Facebook and Twitter seem to be promoting unprofessionalism amongst the celebrities of the world.