The CW’s Black Lightning may have announced its final season on Friday, but one of its leading characters was already planning an early exit.
In an Instagram video posted on Saturday, China Anne McClain (the Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning) revealed that the upcoming fourth season of the show would be her last “whether it went on or not”.
Although the actress said she didn’t hear about the end of the series until the news broke Friday, she stated, “What I, along with the rest of the cast, have known and known since we even started filming this season, is that it’s me leaving the show. And left the show. This would be my last season. “
McClain also confirmed that she’s only signed up for a limited number of season four episodes, so fans can expect to see far less of Lightning when the show returns on February 8 to begin its final run.
McClain only gave clues as to why she had decided to quit. “A lot has happened in this quarantine, and I’m not talking about the PC side,” she said while discussing the pandemic and the world’s current ways. “God moves me in more ways than just this show. It’s bigger than this show. I’m doing God’s work now … and I’m not doing anything else. “
The actress was quick to explain that her decision wasn’t triggered by any drama on the set or dissatisfaction with the show or its network. Rather, she praised those responsible and made it clear that her decision was a personal one.
“I’m not leaving because I had a terrible time on The CW,” she said, fighting back tears. “I like the CW. I like [CW network president] Mark Pedowitz, I like [Warner Bros. president] Peter Roth, [EP] Greg Berlanti, I love [showrunner] Salim [Akil], I’ll always. He gets it. And people who actually know me … they know why I make the decisions that I make. “
Towards the end of the clip, she wished all the best to Akil and costar Jordan Calloway, whose spin-off Painkiller is currently in development.
“Congratulations to Salim and Jordan who just got a spin-off. Please support him in this. God did this for him and he’s going to do it great, I know, ”added McClain.
Black Lightning plays Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi (newly promoted ) to series regularly!) and Calloway as Khalil Payne.
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