Deadline, the US online entertainment magazine has reported that Carly Hughes, who played Angela on ABC’s comedy series American Housewife has left the show alleging toxic environment and discrimination as reasons for her exit. She was featured in the Season 5 premiere, the bulk of which was shot before the coronavirus shutdown.
“I was no longer able to work in the toxic environment that was created on American Housewife,” Hughes said in a statement to Deadline. “I made the decision to leave to protect myself from that type of discrimination. As a black woman in entertainment I feel the responsibility to stand up for what I deserve, what we all deserve – to be treated equally. I wish the show well, and I am excited for a new chapter and to be able to pursue the opportunities ahead.”
Her departure is one of two cast changes on the comedy heading into Season 5. The Anna-Kat role was recast with Giselle Eisenberg as Julia Butters exited the show. Meanwhile, Holly Robinson Peete is joining the series in a major recurring role as a close friend of Katie’s (Mixon).
Carly Hughes is also known for her performances on Broadway, Most recently she starred as Velma Kelly in Chicago, The Leading Player in Pippin, and Lucille/Shirley of the Shirelles in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. On TV, she also appeared in the Netflix series Insatiable.
Source: Deadline.com Image: ABC