Leonard Roberts Blames Racism and Ali Larter Battle for His Heroes Firing
In a private essay, actor Leonard Roberts broke his silence about his 2007 firing from Heroes, citing racism and a battle along with his former co-star, Ali Larter.
In response, the 44-year-old actress issued a public apology to her former co-star. NBC, which co-produced and aired the hit sci-fi collection between 2006 and 2010, haven’t responded to the actor’s claims, made in Selection on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Selection corroborated Roberts’ account with 10 individuals who both labored on Heroes on the time or have been contemporaneously aware of his expertise on the present.
In his essay, Roberts, 48, wrote about how on-set pressure with Larter led to his firing and mentioned he felt disrespected “as an actor, a Black man, and a human being” after a gathering about his departure. Roberts’ character, D.L. Hawkins, was married to Larter’s Niki Sanders and each debuted in season one: She within the pilot and he after just a few episodes. In his essay, the actor wrote that he discovered himself on “the receiving finish of pushback from my co-star concerning the taking part in of a very tense scene.”
“I’m deeply saddened to listen to about Leonard Roberts’ expertise on Heroes and I’m heartbroken studying his notion of our relationship, which completely does not match my reminiscence nor expertise on the present,” Larter mentioned in a press release to E! Information. “I respect Leonard as an artist and I applaud him or anybody utilizing their voice and platform. I’m actually sorry for any position I could have performed in his painful expertise throughout that point and I want him and his household the perfect.”