By Sandra Rose  | 


ABC is over the whole NFL football kneeling debate. The network cancelled a completed episode of 'Black-ish' that dealt with the National Anthem kneeling controversy. explains that ABC cancelled the episode over "creative differences" with the show's black writer Kenya Barris, a 43-year-old "woke" father-of-6.

“One of the things that has always made ‘Black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety on Friday. “However, on this episode there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”

The show's writers had Junior (Marcus Scribner), eldest son of Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) arguing and defying his parents over the NFL debate.

But ABC decided the viewing public was tired of being bashed over the head with politics. Besides that, ABC has a financial interest in the NFL that is losing millions of viewers.

Barris echoed ABC's sentiment. “Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it,” he said in a statement to the New York Times.

Media outlets that viewed the episode detailed one scene where Junior and Dre argue over NFL players protesting during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

For The Win pointed out ABC’s connection to the NFL through ESPN, which are both owned by Disney, the studio that released 'Black Panther' last month.

“[S]o it makes sense that Disney... would want to avoid a divisive conversation regarding a product it has poured a lot of money into over the years.”

  • Rayne

    Might as well air it. They put everything also on tv ?

  • tintin

    whitey in control...


    I think people who say they over the kneeling don't care about why the players kneeling. Damn would the disagree with kneeling if slaves did it back in the day to be freed?

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    I don't know....I watch Blackish and some of their segments are very bold. I would have liked to see this. But it will air sometime - maybe on another "cable" station. This is why producers are going to Netflix, Hulu, so they have more freedom to do what they please. (Shonda Rhimes) They can show gay sex, say cuss words, etc.
    But ABC makes a good point. That NFL kneeling story is "old" and would have worked last year. Anyway, the Dallas Cowboys are not resigning - not rehiring players who kneeled last year. It was in the news.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    You mean they put everything on cable.

  • You Could Never

    they slept on airing the episode when the issue was front burner. They are the ones who lost money...ABC... bc they had to pay to film it just like any other episode.

  • bella28498 .

    white America is getting shaky! Black people are standing up, having pride, not taking their chit, supporting black owned businesses, and are waking up and realizing white ppl aint chit but liars, thieves, and wan to keep the inequality going. I feel sorry for anyone who married white.

  • bella28498 .

    btw Blackish is my favorite dayum show

  • Junkanoo

    As much as l love Jennifer Lewis and like Tracy l don't find Blackish entertaining it's not even a little bit funny . Shame on Disney owned ABC after making so much money off of black people with Black Panter ABC is too afraid of pissing off racists whites who probably don't watch Blackish any way.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    I heard talks that they were cancelling it! I really like the show and its topics. I can relate to most of it and I like the writing style! I like their little family! I like how they dealt with alot of issues and made it a family discussion. They fear us droppin knowledge. Like that Christopher Columbus day eppie. LOL

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Ditto! I have been blown that for 5 or 6 weeks it has not been on my HULU queue. Ugh. I heard they are thinking of cancelling it. UGH

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW... what are they so afraid of?? They may have a vested interest in the NFL but this his a hot button issue and it is really forward of Blackish to address it on their show.

  • Kemi

    It is cowardice of ABC to censor this episode due to its entailed politically charged discussion. Not surprise cos they’re ruled by Disney. They always try to shut us up every time no matter what!

  • Quitedeliteful

    The network knows just how powerful media can be and a frank and honest discussion of race and politics that can reach millions of households must make them nervous. As long as the message is shuckin and jivin the networks will back it 100 percent. If you want to give the folks 'woke' information networks will shut it down...


    The name of the show is Black-ish - RIGHT.
    This is the reason I don't watch programs just because of a black cast because in the end it's all about the money.

  • bella28498 .

    yea can't have a positive black family on tv, can't give us any ideas.

  • Rayne

    That too

  • Layah Jhene

    Pretty much

  • Coffee1st

    Now YOU know what they're scared of. Don't claim to know they why's and how's, but the end game.....yeah, these fuqqas are terrified.

  • angrysolo

    okay so, just shocked this show is still on and I'm tied of folks giving the nil so much clout.. dam what happened to its just a game..
    yet another distraction

  • Rob

    They at least knew the subject matter was being covered when they ordered the new season, which includes scripts or at least an outline. Maybe the script changed.

    Either way, this would’ve aired sometime last year, when football season was going on.

  • Ebony N’ Sweet

    This reminds me of what happened with Jerrod Carmichael the actor/creator of the "The Carmichael Show ". He wanted to touch on topics of racism and NBC executives wouldn't allow him to have creative control, so he walked away and the series was canceled. I hope they don't cancel Grown-ish after the second season for the same reasons. The show's audience is 90% black lol... Something tells me trump supporters aren't watching Grown-ish

  • Arii

    Good. I love Black-ish...when they are making me laugh. They go a little overboard with the teaching and preaching though.

  • Trace da Ace

    dont watch this show moving along--->

  • Berry Melon

    I thought that show ended. Then again our TV networks take their time buying popular rebooted series. By the time they buy it and air it - it's out of date.

  • Misslaydj

    NAILED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tell my husband EVERY week its so DRY. I get it, its helping us as a people yada yada. We need the message out there but DANG, its like watching channel 13 now. I want to laugh when I see the show. You can legit go the full 30 min and not even crack a smile. Remember the 1st episode when an african brother joined the firm and Dre gave him the head nod in the hallway? THAT was amazing TV. I enjoy Fresh of the Boat now. At least they say true and their jokes are fresh and pertains to the asian community that we can call enjoy. Nailed it again!!!

  • Misslaydj

    Don't you see you all of the commerials relate to the show? Dre has high blood pressure there were a HBP commerial right after.The hair products my black is beautiful,. They all drive Buicks in the show and there is a Buick commerical every week. TRUST Kenya Barris is getting CRAZY cake and good for him. He is playing the role very well cause he's making sure his pockets are greased with ad money for him and family. Hopefully this is not a downward spiral with the NFL episode and stays on TV. As I replied to someone below it just doenst make it me laugh anymore. I'm not here for such a strong powerful message EVERY episode. When you come home from work you just want to laugh the day away sometimes.

  • Monday

    If the show was on Adult Swim, then it would have a TOTALLY DIFFERENT TURN.

    I miss the Boondocks.. After that show, there wasn't any other show that made black people become conscious.....

    I still remember the BET Botcott episode. Haven't watched BET since

  • dontgetblocked

    I don't watch the show. Look at the Oscars. No one watched because its littered with politics. We just want to chill out and be entertained. I'm getting older and not trying to fight the power. Just trying to survive. I just want to see some rich people dressed up in beautiful gowns receive awards. That's it. All this extra is turning everyday people off.

  • Ang

    It's because they don't do t subtly. They beat you over the head with their messages. It's too much sometimes when you just want to watch a tv show.