Nahnatchka Khan, who is expected to depart the ABC sitcom after this season due to her new TV deal with Universal, tells The Hollywood Reporter of the Asian-American sitcom: "I like to think that we had a hand in that tsunami of different faces on TV and changing the game in a way. In the grand scheme, five years is not a huge amount of time. But, in the TV business, everything has changed. I feel like we were at the beginning of that tidal wave and we had our part to play and I'm really proud of that." In a separate essay for Entertainment Tonight, Khan explains that because Fresh Off the Boat will be syndicated, "this show and these characters will live forever in the pantheon of classic family sitcoms."