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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Cast Mourned Cancellation Over WhatsApp, Terry Crews Says (Video)

”Sorry to Bother You“ actor then takes a swipe at Nielsen ratings

Terry Crews is an eternal optimist, and according to the actor, the “most grateful man in Hollywood” and both traits come with good reason. One of those reasons is NBC’s near-instant salvation of canceled Fox sitcom, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

On Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Crews recalled the roller-coaster of emotions that were the 30 hours between the show’s axing and its eventual pickup.

“I was doing press for ‘Deadpool 2,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re coming back, it ain’t no big thang,” Crews told Jimmy Kimmel. “Then all of a sudden they were like, ‘You’re canceled,’ and I was like, ‘Excuse me? What was that? What? What?'”

“It was the shock of a lifetime,” Crews continued. “I had conversations with the whole cast. We were on this big, like, WhatsApp kinda link, and we all were like, ‘Oh my God, what are we gonna do?'” I mean, it was horrible.”

That’s when the internet bugged out.

“There’s never been a greater example [of] the difference between Nielsen ratings and what people are actually watching than ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,'” Crews added.

Well, you’ll probably get better ratings on NBC. Kimmel called the move from Fox to “Brooklyn’s” new network “almost a promotion, even.”

Watch the video above.

Crews’ new independent movie “Sorry to Bother You” is in select theaters Friday.