F. Murray Abraham has issued an apology following his firing from the Apple TV+ series “Mythic Quest” after two allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, he said, “This is a sincere and deeply felt apology. Though never my intention to offend anyone, I told jokes, nothing more, that upset some of my colleagues and as a result lost a great job with wonderful people. I have grown in my understanding from this experience, and I hope they will forgive me.”
Production studio Lionsgate confirmed his exit from the show, which fell in between the second and third season. Rolling Stone reported that Abraham’s on-set behavior raised at least two concerns, and he received a warning following the first incident. The second incident prompted his firing.
In the show, Abraham played C.W. Longbottom, the head writer for a fictional video game studio producing an online role playing game called Mythic Quest. His character was diagnosed with a terminal illness and drove off a cliff in the Grand Canyon in an homage to “Thelma & Louise” before having his remains launched into space. Rob McElhenney, creator and star of the show, described his absence as a “bummer”, saying his character was “beloved” and they wanted to have a “really fitting tribute to him.”
Lionsgate said in a statement Monday that it takes “allegations of misconduct seriously and investigate[s] them thoroughly.” However, “As a matter of corporate policy, we do not discuss our personnel actions,” the company added.