Kenya Barris Confirms He Is Leaving ABC For Netflix

July 28, 2018  |  

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ABC has lost another producer to Netflix. Deadline reports that black-ish and grown-ish creator Kenya Barris is leaving ABC and has inked a deal with Netflix. His deal with the network was for four more years, but he is resigning after a little over a year.

Barris released a statement about his exit, deeming it bittersweet.

“I’m very grateful to Patrick Moran and his team at ABC Studios, who have supported me every step of the way as I created the worlds of black-ish, grown-ish, and now Besties. It has been an incredible ride including a Peabody and Golden Globe win, Emmy nominations, and many other accolades. But most importantly, they’ve allowed me to realize my dream of creating my own shows and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together. No matter what, the studio has never wavered in their support of my creative vision. Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time.”

Barris will continue to executive produce his two shows on the network.  His tenure at ABC officially ends in August.

Chatter of Barris leaving the network began back in April after Barris bumped heads with his studio over the airing of the “Please, Baby, Please” episode where character Dre, played by Anthony Anderson, expressed controversial views about the American flag.

Shonda Rhimes, producer of How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal, also left ABC this year and signed a deal with Netflix.


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