“It was a really important experience for me because what I learned is follow your gut, listen to your voice, and if they don’t want your voice, they don’t want you,” he added.

The WB, a joint venture between Warner Bros. and Tribune Broadcasting, shut down in January 2006, and was replaced that same year with the CW, a joint venture between parent companies Warner Bros. and CBS. The show was produced by Touchstone Television, a production division of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.