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Fox confirms Wayans out of ‘Color’

Fox Inc. confirmed yesterday that “In Living Color” exec producer-creator Keenen Ivory Wayans will leave the show effective today, terminating an exclusive overall TV and feature pact with the studio, as reported (Daily Variety, Dec. 10).

A spokesman said Wayans was leaving “to pursue other opportunities with his film career.”

Producer Tamara Rawitt and co-producers Greg Fields, Les Firestein and Pam Veasey will stay on board to run the Fox Broadcasting Co. series, with Matt Wickline and Sandy Frank as consultants.

The studio didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind Wayans’ exit. However, sources have indicated that in addition to frequent battles with the studio over the racy sketch comedy’s content, Wayans objected to the scheduling of “Living Color” repeats on Thursday without consulting him, fearing that Fox was overexposing the program. Reps for Wayans couldn’t be reached for comment.

It was unclear how much time remains on Wayans’ overall deal with the studio, which was initiated in November 1990, about six months after “Color” premiered.

The series has developed into an anchor show for Fox Broadcasting, averaging an 11.5 rating, 17 share in Nielsen season to date to rank as Fox’s third highest-rated regular program, behind “The Simpsons” and “Married … With Children.”

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