Constance Wu says she was sexually harassed on the set of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’.

  • Constance Wu discussed her new memoir, “Making a Scene,” at The Atlantic Festival on Friday.
  • Wu said a “Fresh Off the Boat” producer sexually harassed her during the show’s first two seasons.
  • Wu said she didn’t speak out because she didn’t want to ruin the show’s reputation.

Constance Wu has accused a “Fresh Off the Boat” producer of sexual harassment and bullying during the show’s first two seasons.

Wu spoke about the allegations Friday at The Atlantic Festival while promoting her upcoming memoir, “Making a Scene.” Wu, 40, became a household name in 2015 for portraying Jessica Huang on the ABC sitcom for six seasons.

Wu said she was initially “resistant” to including the allegations in her memoir, but eventually did so at the encouragement of her publisher.

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The cast of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’.


“I finally realized it was important to speak up because I had a pretty traumatic experience my first two years on this show and no one knew why this show was historic for Asian Americans,” Wu said.

“It was the only show on network television in over 20 years with an Asian American lead, and I didn’t want to tarnish the reputation of the one show we had representing us,” Wu added. “I kept my mouth shut for a long time about a lot of the sexual harassment and bullying I received in the first two seasons of the show.”

Wu felt she could not speak out about the alleged harassment and bullying until the show became a success.

“After the first two seasons, once it was a success, once I was no longer afraid of losing my job – then I was able to start saying ‘no’ to harassment. ‘No’ to bullying by this particular producer,” said You.

The “Crazy Rich Asians” actress said she struggled in the aftermath of the alleged harassment.

“I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it, no one must know. I don’t need to tarnish the reputation of this Asian American producer. I don’t need to tarnish the show’s reputation,” Wu said. “But the thing is, bad feelings don’t go away just because you want them to. Inevitably they will come out somewhere.”

In the same conversation, Wu addressed a controversial tweet from 2019 in which she complained about the series being renewed for a new season. Wu said she made the tweet in reference to the alleged harassment on set.

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Constance Wu also addressed her controversial tweet in 2019 during The Atlantic Festival.


“I made some very profane, thoughtless tweets that sparked all this hate towards me because I had just had a hit movie, ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ so it looked really bad from the outside. Like, ‘Oh, she thinks she’s this big movie star,'” Wu said. “When really, I wanted to have a fresh slate where I don’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse.”

Representatives for Wu and ABC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“Fresh Off the Boat” ran for five years before being canceled in 2020. The series also starred Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen.

“Making a Scene” will be available Oct. 4 from its publisher, Scribner, according to the New York Times.

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