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Bastard Executioner Creator Takes out Ad to Cancel His Own Show: “Nobody’s F***Ing Watching”

Burn out, don't fade out, I guess.

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The Bastard Executioner creator Kurt Sutter has announced via a Hollywood Reporter ad that he will be killing his middlingly-reviewed, historically inaccurate, and reportedly very gross FX show.

Sutter, whose show Sons of Anarchy enjoyed a seven-season run on FX, told The Hollywood Reporter:

It’s fantastic to get a good review [or] an award, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters, really, is numbers. I’m not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out and not caring if anyone is watching. … I don’t want to write something that nobody’s f—ing watching.

I think the mythology was a little too dense for some people. There’s a glut of period pieces on right now, and I’m sure timing has something to do it. There’s just so many f—ing variables involved in that formula. My sense is that a year from now, people will be like, “Why didn’t you make more?

And yes, some of that is ego. But some of it is just, [if no one’s watching] then I’m not necessarily doing my job.

Sutter says that the cast was warned about the show’s cancellation prior to the Hollywood Reporter announcement, and that the ad was an attempt to let “folks know what a great experience I had, and how proud I was of them.”

What say you, gentle readers? Will you be pining for more Bastard Executioner down the line?

(via Collider)

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