‘Star Trek’ producer resigns after being criticized for using racial slurs in tweets
Star Trek: Discovery producer Simon Pegg has resigned from the network following criticism of his tweets during the 2016-17 season.
The decision comes after Pegg, who was the lead writer of the series for eight seasons and the producer for six, tweeted in May that “anyone who doesn’t like me is a racist.”
Pegg later apologized for his tweets, which included the hashtag #StopRacism, which he said were meant to help combat racism in the media.
But in his resignation letter to the Star Trek Communicators Committee, Pegg wrote that his tweets “are not an apology for my racism or my racism, but instead reflect the frustration and hurt that I have felt from the backlash that they have brought to the show.”
Pegg is the second major star to resign from Star Trek following the death of actor Adam Baldwin, who died from leukemia last year.
“I deeply regret and deeply regret my words, and for that I am sorry,” Pegg said in a statement.
Star Trek: Continues producer Simon Rennie has been named the executive producer of the next season of the show, which is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
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