Amy Powell, who has shepherded Paramount TV shows ranging from 13 Reasons Why to The Alienist, was fired Thursday for allegedly using inappropriate comments that "included racially charged language" during a recent call over Paramount Network's First Wives Club reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver is penning the reboot that features a predominantly black cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Powell "allegedly made generalizations about black women that struck some on the call as offensive. A complaint was filed to human resources, who with the legal department, investigated the claims and those involved on the notes call. Sources say Paramount considered discipline but decided to to fire Powell after she denied the allegations." Powell issued a statement denying the allegations late Thursday. “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting," she said. "The facts will come out and I will be vindicated." The Hollywood Reporter says Powell is considering taking legal action over her firing.
TOPICS: First Wives Club, Paramount Network, Amy Powell, Paramount Television