Originally Posted by Leli
If they were going to get rid of him because of the slur, shouldn't they have made a point to do it then? It seems a little hypocritical of the network to say "that's unacceptable and we will not continue to employ you.......but you can stay for May sweeps". I know he had a contract for the season, but if they really wanted him gone because of the slur, shouldn't they have written his character out or at least minimized his appearances at that time, even if they were still contractually obligated to pay him? It seems to me like they took this as an opportunity for the writing staff to keep everyone guessing and watching the show, not as an opportunity to take a stand against workplace bigotry.
He had a contract and I suspect that it would have been a good grounds for a lawsuit to be "fired" for a racial slur. He sounds like the type that would play the racist card himself in a court of law.
They did the right thing. They tolerated him until the end of the season and then just refused to renew his contract. That way they get rid of him and they don't subject themselves to a lawsuit for having fired him prior to his contract expiring.
I'm sure they had lots of legal counsel about the matter. I suspect they had wanted to fire him long before the end of the season.