'American Housewife' Star Carly Hughes Leaves ABC Show, Alleges 'Toxic Environment'

Written by on November 10, 2020

Carly Hughes, a star on ABC’s “American Housewife,” has left the household comedy, citing a “poisonous atmosphere” on set. 

The actor who portrayed Angela ― the one Black collection common ― advised Deadline in an article printed Monday that she skilled discrimination whereas engaged on the present. 

“I used to be now not capable of work within the poisonous atmosphere that was created on ‘American Housewife,’” Hughes stated in a press release. “I made the choice to depart to guard myself from that kind of discrimination.”

“As a Black girl in leisure, I really feel the accountability to face up for what I deserve, what all of us deserve — to be handled equally,” she continued. “I want the present effectively, and I’m excited for a brand new chapter and to have the ability to pursue the alternatives forward.”

Hughes’ character Angela is pals with the present’s foremost character, Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), who has three kids with husband Greg Otto (Diedrich Bader). Angela and Katie typically get breakfast along with their pal Doris, portrayed by Ali Wong. 

Talking about illustration, Hughes stated in a Construct collection final yr that she felt “fortunate” to painting Angela, who’s a queer girl, on the small display screen. She described Angela as “compassionate and sort and caring.”

Hughes has appeared on “American Housewife” because it premiered in 2016. The present is now in its fifth season. 

ABC's "American Housewife" Season 4 episode, "The Battle for Second Breakfast," with Ali Wong (left) and Carly Hughes.

ABC’s “American Housewife” Season four episode, “The Battle for Second Breakfast,” with Ali Wong (left) and Carly Hughes.

The actor’s allegations of discrimination led to an investigation by human sources officers with ABC Signature, the Disney Tv Studios firm producing the collection, Deadline reported.

A spokesperson for “American Housewife” stated in an e-mail assertion to HuffPost that issues raised by Hughes led to “optimistic modifications” on set:

“Carly was a valued member of the solid, and we had hoped she would return to the present this season. The issues she raised led to optimistic modifications to the office and enhancements to the tradition, however we respect the choice she made to maneuver on. We want her nothing however the very best.”

Hughes shared an Instagram put up final week that had a very becoming message, contemplating her “American Housewife” exit. She shared a photograph of her youthful self and wrote within the put up’s caption: “Little me… all the time jogs my memory to maintain going, to struggle for what’s proper and good and to by no means hand over.”

One Instagram consumer commented on the put up, praising Hughes for publicly sharing her expertise on the set of this system. “You’re wonderful and creating protected area for many who will come after you!!!” the remark learn.

Hughes is about to look in a holiday-themed film, “The Christmas Version,” airing on Lifetime on Sunday. 

She promoted the film in one other Instagram put up, writing, “Who’s prepared for @hogcity [Rob Mayes] and I to make some Christmas magic??”

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