Star Trek: Discovery Writer Quits After Using N-Word in Writers Room

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Walter Mosley has left Star Trek: Discovery. 

The author penned an op-ed which was published Friday by the New York Times in which he said that he quit a TV series when another writer complained about his use of the n-word in the writers' room. 

Mosley said that he used the word while recalling a story from his past. 

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“I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n—-rs in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n—-r neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good,” he wrote.

“I was telling a true story as I remembered it."

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Mosley, who is African-American and Jewish, said that he received a phone call from the HR department of the studio. 

“A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writers’ room.’ I replied, ‘I am the N-word in the writers’ room.’”

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While Mosley was not formally given into trouble, he did say that the HR rep told him that another writer said the word made them uncomfortable. 

“[The] H.R. representative called to inform me that such language was unacceptable to my employers,” he continued.

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“I couldn’t use that word in common parlance, even to express an experience I lived through.”

That was when Mosley decided that he would not be returning to the then-undisclosed series as a writer. 

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“There I was, a black man in America who shares with millions of others the history of racism,” he wrote.

“And more often than not, treated as subhuman. If addressed at all that history had to be rendered in words my employers regarded as acceptable.”

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The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed the show in question was indeed Star Trek: Discovery, and CBS TV studios released a statement. 

"We have the greatest admiration for Mr. Mosley’s writing talents and were excited to have him join Star Trek: Discovery," it reads.

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"While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential employee matters, we are committed to supporting a workplace where employees feel free to express concerns and where they feel comfortable performing their best work."

"We wish Mr. Mosley much continued success."

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This is not the first behind the scenes change for the CBS All Access series. Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg were let go from the series ahead of Season 2 in 2018. 

THR reports that the pair became abusive towards the writers of the series. It sure sounds like it was a horrible time on the show. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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