Kim Wayans reportedly leaving ‘Color’

Kim Wayans, one of the original regulars on Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “In Living Color,” is expected to leave the show, having reportedly been suspended after failing to take part in last week’s taping.

Wayans’ brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, created the series and had been its exec producer until December, when he left because of friction with Fox and production entity Twentieth TV (Daily Variety, Dec. 10).

Fox Broadcasting and Twentieth are divisions of Fox Inc.

Both Kim Wayans’ agent and a Twentieth spokeswoman declined comment, but sources said Wayans will seek release from her contract. Wayans and some other cast members, among them James Carrey and David Alan Grier, are believed to have renegotiated their deals at the start of the season.

It’s been expected since Keenen Wayans left (along with his manager, exec in charge of production Eric Gold, and producer Tamara Rawitt) that others would seek an out as well–in part out of solidarity with the show’s creator, who felt he was treated unfairly by Fox. In addition, Kim Wayans has reportedly clashed with producers regarding the handling of her characters on the show.

Fox executives said in January that the weblet views “In Living Color” as a long-term franchise, much like “Saturday Night Live,” that can survive cast defections and continue with its sketch comedy format.

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