Issa Rae

Viewers of HBO hit show “Insecure” were irate when they learned fan favorite Lawrence (Jay Ellis) was not returning for season 3. The series’ showrunner Prentice Penny said Lawrence was written out of the show so that Insecure‘s co-creator, writer and star Issa Rae can grow and mature.

“We never wanted people to get comfortable,” he tells Variety. “We always wanted each season to feel very different from the previous in different ways, so how do we grow and mature as writers but still keep the show feeling the way it feels?”

Despite the show’s title, Insecure, Penny says he wants the characters to mature and grow by embracing the theme “adulating”.

“[Issa] can’t keep doing what she’s doing and be unaware of the consequences. That resonated and affected how we made decisions for all of the characters.”

Regarding the decision to write Lawrence out of the show and focus more on Daniel (Y’lan Noel), Penny says, “As we got into the writers’ room and started talking about, ‘Well, what is [Lawrence] doing?’ It was hard to tether him because so much of his life is based on Issa. So we knew we wanted to see more of Daniel, because that’s who she’s living with, and we still wanted to see a lot of Issa and Molly, and we were like, ‘Well, we only have 28 minutes to tell the show’ and we can’t really do a Lawrence work story because that doesn’t have anything to do with Issa or our world.”

The show’s fans are still upset and some vow to boycott the series if Lawrence is not brought back.

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  • Bee jaay Cee

    We don’t want growth and maturity, we want Lawrence.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Here! Here!??

  • Itzgoingdown

    ie Be prepared for WHITE or nonblack phuckbuddy/boyfriend.

  • iWasteTime

    What role would Lawrence play when she sleeping on the next dudes couch. It makes sense. They are moving on. Maybe a cameo but he doesn’t need to be in every episode. They are not together …

  • Renee26

    Non MF factor… I don’t think I will miss him. Looking forward to watching the next season

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Anybody thats missing Lawrence is just missing his f&ckboy ways..the protesters act like the show is an hour long and if she dont live with Lawrence anymore why even bring him on….Im glad they giving fine azz Y’lan a chance to show his acting skills…

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Lawrence didn’t really provide nothing. He could have been anybody honestly. Plus they over so he’s done anyway! NEXT!!

  • SummerBaby

    I liked Lawrence. ?????

  • LYRICS

    Ppl aren’t going to boyott isht! You know why b/c the damn show is GREAT!! Lawrence was not one of my favorite characters, not sure what Issa saw in him, but to each his own! NO LOVE LOST, Issa is good!! C’mon SUNDAY!!!

  • Applebootay

    I’m an loyal viewer/fan and I’m not upset at all and will continue to watch faithfully. It makes perfect sense. Gotta get some new meat. Yassssss!

  • Well$$Well$$?

    I get why he’s not on the show. Issa and Lawrence broke up. There was really no point in having him there. Plus I’m sure he’ll reappear like a lot of exes do.

  • Applebootay

    You didn’t have to call him that…damn….LOL

  • Vonn

    Well damn, can he at least come back as a ghost? Put him in a dream or sumn. With his fine self.

  • Vonn

    Y’lan…I drool errrr time I see him.

  • Coy little wink

    what makes this show fresh and exciting to me is that it seems real…if Issa is moving on Lawrence has to go. his time is up…

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I’m sure he will back in soon…probably in another season

  • dru and neil

    People are tired of the “Daniels” of the world. First of all, we already know what’s going to happen because of how predictable his “bad boy” persona is. Second, it was refreshing to see someone like Lawrence, showcased on a black show. And yes, his character had enough going on, for them to keep him. He had friends, a girlfriend, a workplace. I didn’t realize his character was just “Issa’s boyfriend” until they kicked him off. What about Tasha? I guess she’s written off too, as well as Lawrence’s HILARIOUS best friend Chad.

  • missmiami305

    I liked him in the first season so much that I wanted to fight his arse by the end tho. Haven’t watched the 2nd season yet. Too much shid on tv and I get overwhelmed lol. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48245b259a4c0d4ec2b5f86400928ac2e9a382b39d8bc7c7d0bbec7a7c3abf81.gif https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65d4cbd1b82a636e009ab0015730ff45645c615eca80534137e54e9b499e4dbe.gif

  • Coy little wink

    Tasha and Lawrence had zero chemistry. She needs to go too

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I get a feeling something happened behind the scenes and this is just the public excuse.

  • dru and neil

    Lawrence was the underrated “nice guy” everyone CLAIMS they like, but really they just want the instability of a “Daniel.” I like the show, but Lawrence will be missed. I don’t know if its because I’m over 30, but I’m in no mood to see a black woman in a pointless relationship. You sleep with the “Daniels”of the world, you don’t try to be his woman.

  • JV

    I thought Y’lan Noel did a great job in his role, but I understand that Lawrence the character has run its course. Insecure started as Issa Rae’s YouTube/internet skits, which were focused on herself and her brand of comedy/storytelling, so and I can understand her wanting to keep it that way and not have to force Lawrence’s storyline.

    Just as an aside, anyone who has HBO have any recommendations for good TV shows on here? I would recommend Succession to anyone.

  • Tink Tink

    This makes a lot of sense. If the focus character is Issa, and she no longer has dealings with her Ex, I don’t see a need for him….unless they still happen to be around the same people/crowd.

  • JV

    LOL, “comes back as a ghost.” Trying to imagine what an insane episode that would be.

  • Vonn

    I just love looking at him.

  • Cynthia Wiggins

    Bye Lawrence. I want to see more of single Issa. Dating, working, and finding out what she really wants. Molly is still lost too. They need to help each other mature.

  • CopperCutie

    I’m glad his white woman lovin a** is gone. Black women shouldn’t support black men that choose white women and expect us to support them. One reason why I’ve stopped looking at Luke Cage.

  • Mister Fantastic

    THE REAL STORY: He must of got comfortable, and had his agent demand a raise and perks lol. Issa was like, “I got your raise… Up outta HERE!”

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    Don’t forget how Lawrence mooched off her for 6 years… Nice and non ambitious letting his woman pull the load. No prize…. He didn’t do better until they broke up and didn’t appreciate all Issa did for him while he was freeloading.

  • dru and neil

    Six years?! I thought it was two! Even still he did lose a lot of his manhood when he sat at home on his high horse instead of taking a lower paying job while he was working on his dream job. Is this why people hate him? It was the only thing really messed up that he did.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Oh well , I’m officially on Vac don’t return til after Labor Day, off to Barcelona for the rest of the month. Be easy and stay safe ????

  • Nik

    Have fun! It’s a beautiful city.

  • Rayne

    Bring me back a souvenir ?

  • missmiami305

    Be safe! I can’t wait to catch another flight ??. January can’t come soon enough.

  • Tlowe89

    Yea I totally agree, because it sounds so generic and put together. Usually when tv shows get grid of people they kill them off, or that character moves to another city.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Enjoy yourself! Be safe. ?? ?

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Loved Lawrence. Initially shocked when i learned he wasn’t going to be part of season 3. I am excited to see what’s in store for this new season. Love this show

  • Reenaface

    I recommend Sharp Objects based off a book by the author who wrote Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn is the name.

  • Reenaface

    I’ll miss Lawrence because he was that nice guy. I was really feeling him in season 2 because he finally got his sh!t together. I still plan to support this show though.

  • Reenaface

    Tasha ened up pregnant in real life by the character who played Dro “Molly’s love interest” They were messing around on the low and the cast had no idea.

  • missmiami305

    When u put it that way ????

  • SweetTEE

    And that is exactly why she was fed the f up lol..

  • 88

    Do you encourage your sisters to stop supporting Serena and Meghan Markley red man loving azz?

  • Scromes1212

    I saw most of the first two seasons it’s a pretty good show. The ratings aren’t very good so she should be careful making to many changes. She can’t afford to lose any viewers

  • Scromes1212

    Exactly smh

  • KcoolMuziq

    “The ratings aren’t very good so she should be careful making to many changes”

    LIES!
    Is does pretty good for what it goes up against in the ratings.

    Issa has VERY beautiful skin in person.

    No comment on why the character Lawrence has been written out and the other characters are still “Intact”.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Have a ball.

  • Ihatemoney

    I think it was a great idea to move on from the character because you don’t want what happened in Sex in the City. The fans controlled the storyline which allowed the absurdity and lack of growth in the main character.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Sandra you should fly out for circuit Barcelona

  • missmiami305

    Fill me in lol

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Girl I’m crine!!!!

  • LilD

    Girl! Dro had a whole girlfriend too, who found out Tasha was preggo by her man Dro through sosha media(instagram I think). Life imitating art or just a hot mess in general.

  • Jersey Girl

    Chad will be missed indeed. He was hilarious??

  • Reenaface

    All of YouTube was talking about it. Lol

  • Rhondalousey

    Exactly.

  • Rhondalousey

    My thoughts exactly, toodles. Let them white women hire his tired arse.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    You do know that Issa suggested black women date asian men right?

  • Coy little wink

    Dro is fine…LAWD

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Just went to the smart funny and black show , and I must say it was nice

  • Nonya Bizness

    Didn’t he go get his “Dream Job” after sleeping with the lady at the Bank and moving out from Issa’s place? Almost like he didn’t do s hit for 6 years, then when he left he had no problem making his dream work. with a quickness.

  • Kimberly King

    Daddy D*ck Daniel is SO gah damn fine. I love me a chocolate man. I really DGAF about Lawrence not returning. I didn’t like his weak ass anyway. Or that thirsty, $8/hr making ass bank teller he was messing with. Season 2 was NOT good. That’s really the reason why I’m apprehensive about watching season 3. However, as a 29 year old, I can relate to some of the concepts and storylines of the show.

  • Kimberly King

    lol all y’all can name is Serena and Meghan. But it would takes us about about a good 3 years to name all the black men in Hollywood or sports who date beastiality babes. Stop it

  • abby500

    Bye….go star on Friends…that’s right they’re of the air

  • Indies beauty

    She should bring the whole cast of awkward black girl back

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Just counting down the days when hollywood has her chop off her hair n wear some god awful blonde hair hat and channel Marilyn Mon-hoe ? her time is coming. Nobody is safe in Hollywood

  • the guest

    Sounds like an offline hook up gone sour and Issa no longer wanted him on her show. It’s Issa’s show, and she has ultimate say. He’s not returning because she doesn’t want him on the show.

    This “showrunner” spokesperson is assigned to be in charge of the cover up and damage control. They didn’t have to write him off the show for her character to mature, that’s Hollywood double talk for who’s ever in charge didn’t want him back.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    So they’d rather focus on “no neck” Daniel? Interesting. .

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sources say all the attention has gone to her head and she has a mean personality. She’s also not a very good actress, but neither is Kerry Washington.

  • dru and neil

    Very funny guy for sure. Maybe they will work him in somehow.

  • dru and neil

    I think I liked Tasha because she was cute, hardworking black American girl, I seriously believe enough credit isn’t given to relatable characters like hers. Everybody knows a “Tasha.” I like Issa but her friends are stuck up if we are being honest. I don’t really care for a single one. Can’t a smart sussessful black woman not be a stank b*tch?

  • dru and neil

    He’s was being enabled, sometimes it’s sinknor swim. Shouldn’t have taken all that to start working and that’s the only thing I really didn’t like about him.

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    Yes she said Asian men because allegedly we’re the two least desired dating groups. She also did not disparage black men in her pro swirl comments.

  • Coy little wink

    Lolololool…I never looked at it like that. I just don’t think they had chemistry…lssa was more refined like lawrence but Tasha was rough around the edges…relatable yes but not for him…

  • AGlassofPinotGrigio?

    Succession and Sharp Objects are no joke!

  • AGlassofPinotGrigio?

    Sinners 2 is good, if you haven’t watch the first season I recommend you do that but the new season is really good.

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Lol it’s a show about her not Lawrence though. I’m glad he’s out actually and if ppl are so pressed about it they should support his work in the future. ?????

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    I support Luke cage for the all of the Black women on the show. That show is pure Black girl magic ??

  • whereisginger

    Never watched /don’t care … throw empire in there too/ star /power all these shows are hard for me to get in to. I’m still on re runs of good times …

  • whereisginger

    Two birds with one stone auntie… good one

  • Michelle

    That’s because you don’t have WiFi so you’re forced to watching VHS ?

  • Ozad

    BAM!!! LOL!!…thanks for my morning laugh…that was a good one

  • whereisginger

    Dummy

  • whereisginger

    No wifi? You have zero common sense… also, that was the weakest clap back dummy try again

  • Strappyheels

    INsecure is actually a very smart and funny show!! I love how folks write stuff off with out checking it out.

  • Strappyheels

    So!!

  • 2gr8ful

    Wow Dro came off as suspect to me, in real life that is….

  • 2gr8ful

    I will miss him but that means the annoying chick from the bank is gone too so awesome.

  • dru and neil

    Well then he shouldn’t have told that poor child he’s be at her family reunion then! Felt so bad for the girl LOL…men out there, if a relationship is casual and sexual in nature, don’t elude to it being anything more! I don’t even like seeing a woman get her feelings hurt on TV! ?

  • Coco_Butter

    Hollywood and in sports NFL and NBA players are notorious white women chasers

  • Coco_Butter

    Me too because they were following Lawrence’s life moving on with a new job and new girl. Oh well

  • Coy little wink

    But it was written that way ? I actually thought maybe he and Issa would get back together as clearly he wasn’t into Tasha

  • bella28498 .

    low key I think she kicked him off because he has a white girlfriend

  • Truth

    You are so lame .

  • the guest

    I suspected this. Her ego must be over the top on the set.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I agree with the writing, characters have to grown and evolve. Great show!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    It (low key) sounds like a bunch of bull. Just say you kick him off

  • tintin

    That annoying chick Tasha had a baby with Dro in real life. She a ratchet and needed to be fired

  • the guest

    Agreed. That’s what I wrote in the comments the other day. It’s all double talk. They fired him and are trying to cover it up. They don’t want Issa to look bad for getting rid of the actor and his character.

  • Reenaface

    I take it that news makes u happy??

  • Reenaface

    Sharp Objects is moody af, like you feel the misery through the screen.

  • MissyJ

    Head over to reddit and check out the nice guys sub. Lawrence was not an underrated nice guy. He was what she called him a f*ckboy that thinks he’s a good dude. That is what the “nice guy” phenom really is. Men that believe they are nice and women just want bad boys and if a woman isn’t with them she must be with a “Chad” in this case Daniel. Lawrence was living off her with no real goals or ambition. He got with Tasha knowing he didn’t really want her. Nothing about him was actually a “nice guy”.

  • AGlassofPinotGrigio?

    But It’s really good though.

  • dru and neil

    Well hold on, he had redeemable qualities and he was “nice” but made mistakes, I mean nice doesn’t mean perfect. Him stewing in his own self pity was a mistake but it was also allowed. What he did to Tasha was selfish and messy, you got me there, but I still think he had something to offer I wish he wasn’t gone.?

  • Reenaface

    Oh, no doubt.

  • Jussjess25

    I get it ????? Next!

  • Jussjess25

    I agree I never wat watched empire.. but insecure is good.. but when. She starts pushing the gay agenda im out ?

  • WhoKnew

    Watched this show for the first time Sunday…not bad. If a show can capture my attention for a minimum of 5 minutes they’re doing okay. I don’t know anything about what’s going on with dude being fired on the lo, the dude Dro looks like a lawyer turned actor that I used to date, and I agree when they start pushing the gay agenda I won’t watch ever again. Gay stuff is annoying to watch if you aren’t gay.

  • WhoKnew

    Someone made a comment below that when she starts pushing the gay agenda they will no longer watch. Agreed.

    I caught the show for the first time last night and she does give off vibes like she’s a lesbian in real life. And I agree with another comment below that she is not a good actress so it makes you wonder how she got this show on HBO. Is there now a lesbian casting couch?

    And as far as reports of her being mean and letting this small success go to her head, she needs to be careful with that attitude because meanness does not equate to success or longevity. Next thing you know they won’t be calling her Issa Rae they will be calling her Issa Who?

  • Misslaydj

    No one is boycotting the show. Y’all be going in for no reason man, just chill. She got the show based on her youtube series diary of an awkward black girl that is SO GOOD!! Even if she is gay on the show and/or in real life, the show is good currently. I’m rooting for everyone black (Issa Voice)

  • Reenaface

    He does wear that sinister expression a bit too well.

  • my view

    She’s gay? not that it matters just never knew

  • Phillybruh

    Lawrence is end game, just like Tia and Pooch on the game. He’ll pop up in the last few episodes. But he is her ex.

  • Phillybruh

    Why are people so focused on gay. I don’t get any inclination that this show is going to turn the main character gay, however they did say they were going to deal with toxic masculinity during this season.

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    I’m happy Lawrence is out cuz his ass is annoying!

  • Toni Toni Toni

    That Part!! Mean is NOT where it’s at!

    Such a turn off when someone is an asshole for no reason. Ugh

  • Applebootay

    and she already publicly stated she has a boyfriend who chooses not to be identified…..dunno what all these people talking about…

  • sjames

    they always leave this part out LOL

  • Misslaydj

    I don’t think she’s is. Folks below was saying she was, complaining like they do best

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I don’t see her being gay or turning gay on the show (or IRL). I never got those vibes from her character on the show.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Issa backed off her decision to introduce gay characters in season 3 storyline.

    “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae revealed she received some backlash when she announced her upcoming series “Him or Her” which follows a bisexual black man’s dating life.”

    http://www.watermarkonline.com/2018/06/29/issa-rae-reveals-backlash-for-new-series-focused-on-a-bisexual-black-man/

  • Mssugamoma

    Daniel looks like my son….. ?

  • Life passenger

    ??????

  • Mister Fantastic

    Madison Shockey who played as Fred on Awkward Black Girl is pretty heated with her and is talking about it on Facebook right now…

  • Look@m3

    LAWD….I was starting to like her but was sensing these vibes too wasn’t sure about what I was sensing with her…lol

  • Strappyheels

    It makes me nothing!! Not one of them is paying any of my bills!

    Why would the cast need to know?

  • Strappyheels

    Well, he is fione!!

    I just watched episode 1 of season 3..

  • Strappyheels

    Obviously Tasha was doing something right!!??

  • Strappyheels

    A nice guy doesn’t mooch off folks and willingly hurt others and move on without a second thought..

    But, then again, the root word of nice is foolish. So I do understand how that’s confusing to some.. What is “nice” EXactly?

  • Strappyheels

    EXACTLY

  • Strappyheels

    That’s a big thing!!

  • Strappyheels

    Bull crap!!??

    That desperation for a man must cease..

    What a person does when he has the ability to choose right, says a lot about an individual.

    Just because a man is articulate doesn’t mean, he’s the one.

  • Strappyheels

    Been meaning to watch “Succession”!!

    But, Netflix always takes my attention away from everything.

    I am watching a foreign cop show called ”Fallet” it’s brilliant!!

  • Reenaface

    Which is?

  • JV

    Since you said that, I’m going to add Fallet to my Netflix list. I’m always looking for stuff on there too!

  • Reenaface

    I’m just reporting what I read, I would not know why the case would need to know their business, but again as expressed they were shocked to find out that Tasha was pregnant by Dro in real life because he had actual girlfriend in real life.

  • Renee26

    Yeah I agree… I wanted her to drop him season 1

  • Renee26

    Yeah I agree… I wanted her to drop him season 1

  • Strappyheels

    It’s brilliant, please stick with it , one character speaks a foreign language, Danish, I believe. She’s a M.E.S.S! And the other English character is hilarious..

    Good plots and great character development. It’s a cop show but it has some hilarious moments.

  • Michelle

    B!tch you keep commenting cause you’re mad. BIG MAD. I said what I said. Now go finish filling out your Aapplications at the public library instead of trolling the blogs. They only give you 60mins and it’s the next persons turn…. #noWifi

  • whereisginger

    You’re pathetic internet gangster with the weakest clap backs… you’re not even funny