“Abuse is indefensible, but having penned my share of deadly missives, @AMC_TV TMZing FD’s mail with no context hurts all parties,” Sutter wrote in a tweet, accompanied by the hashtag #c—move.
This is not the first time Sutter has spoken out publicly against AMC. He previously took the network to task in 2011 when Darabont was first fired. He poked the network again when Darabont’s replacement Glen Mazzara, Sutter’s fellow “The Shield” alum, was also fired a year later.
Darabont’s emails, from 2010 and 2011, were unsealed as part of his lawsuit against the cable network, which claims that he and his agents were denied rightful profit participation from the show.
In a July 14, 2011, email to members of “The Walking Dead” crew, Darabont relayed his frustrations about shooting and what he called the incompetence of some of his workers, claiming that certain shots weren’t being done as written.
“F– you all for giving me chest pains because of the staggering f—ing incompetence, blindness to the important beats, and the beyond-arrogant lack of regard for what is written being exhibited on set every day,” he wrote. “I deserve better than a heart attack because people are too stupid to read a script and understand the words.”
Many other expletive-filled rants were also included as evidence in the lawsuit, which paints a picture of a set where people were constantly in conflict with a showrunner who felt he wasn’t being given the proper resources.