“Gotham” star Jada Pinkett Smith has said that she won’t be returning to the hit Fox show for its second season. The actress appeared on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning and, when asked if she would be back for the previously announced second season, said: “I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year, and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham’ — believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.”
“Gotham’s” producers released a statement on Smith’s bombshell through the show’s reps: “Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting twists and turns into the finale of season one of ‘Gotham.'” The network and studio declined to comment further.
During the “Live” appearance, Smith enthused about her experience playing Fish Mooney, the ruthless mobster who mentored the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) before he betrayed her. “I get to play a character who gets to do extreme things. She’s evil — that’s always fun,” Smith said. “I’m having a good time.”
As one of the few characters on “Gotham” not taken from the Batman comics, Fish is the only major villain on the show whose fate is a mystery to comic book fans. But the actress’s scene-stealing performance has won its share of admirers, which could make killing Fish just as controversial as offing a canonical Batman baddie.