Anthony Anderson believes ABC is behind black-ish‘s cancellation, despite Kenya Barris and Yara Shahidi previously discussing how the cast and crew collectively deciding that the black-ish story was complete.
According to The Jasmine Brand, Anderson told The Breakfast Club that ABC knows the reason why Black-ish got cancelled.
“You’re gonna have to ask ABC” about black-ish ending, he said, “But we’ve had a nice eight-year run. That’s a long time, especially in today’s climate with all the streaming services and 300+ channels to choose from. To have a television show last eight years, 24 episodes a year, is a beautiful thing. We have more stories to tell. I would’ve loved to have squeaked out 10 years.”
When Charlamagne Tha God pressed him on his assertion that ABC is behind the cancellation, Anderson replied, "I didn't wake up one day and say, 'You know what? I'm tired of making this money and making this show!' No."
“We are an expensive show to make though,” he continued. “Sometimes it just comes down to dollars and cents, but eight beautiful years, man. We’ve done a lot for the culture. We’re in the zeitgeist now for what we’ve talked about…It’s a show to be proud of.”
Charlamagne wrote about the conversation on Instagram with the caption, “All Good Things must come to an end but can Black sitcoms ever end when they want to??? @abc pulling the plug on #Blackish is some bull–t. I understand the business, but why are the Black shows always the first to go when it comes to finances even when they are successful???”
Previously, Shahidi said in a Variety interview at the MTV Movie & TV Awards about how it was a "group decision" to end the series.
“It was known already before we even wrapped this last season because it was a group decision. I think the executive producers, which are the main characters [Lawrence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson], knew that this was happening,” she said at the time. “I think what has been important to even [creator/EP] Kenya [Barris] from the beginning of the show was not to remain static or stagnant, which is part of even why Zoey got her spinoff, coming from this feeling of not wanting to have a character sit there for the sake of sitting there, but to be authentic to the journey of growing up.”
Barris also wrote on Instagram when black-ish was renewed for its eighth and final season that he decided to end the series.
“In this day and age it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end, and we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for – and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!” he wrote.