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The Neighborhood creator Jim Reynolds agrees to step down following some complaints over his handling of race-related issues

  • Reynolds was not subjected to a human resources investigation, according to Variety. But CBS Studios felt a leadership change was needed "based on feedback, including complaints, the studio had received about Reynolds involving race-related issues over a period of time," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "I hear that included feedback from two Black writers who recently left the show after finishing work on Season 3. I hear efforts were made to remedy the situation over the last couple of years. Ultimately, I hear Reynolds made a decision to leave on his own just as the studio had come to a conclusion to replace him, leading to his exit." Reynolds' exit comes after Season 3 wrapped. The Neighborhood, about a white Midwestern family adjusting to moving into a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Pasadena, is TV's No. 2 most-watched comedy after Young Sheldon. “I am very proud of The Neighborhood and have given everything of myself over the last three years to make this the best show possible,” Reynolds said in a statement to Deadline. “I am so happy that the show has found such an enthusiastic audience and that it will live on. At this moment, in light of everything going on in the world, I had concluded that I am not the right person to continue to tell these stories. I am excited to see the show thrive and wish everyone involved the very best.”

    TOPICS: The Neighborhood, CBS, Jim Reynolds