Disney Channel has decided to cancel its LGBTI-inclusive and history-making television series Andi Mack after three seasons.
The network made the decision despite the show being one of its biggest hits.
It won and received nominations for numerous awards, including a Peabody. Over the course of its run, it also became Disney Channel’s most-watched series overall and the highest rated show among viewers 6-14.
‘Andi Mack was a labor of love for a room of impassioned, inventive writers, a talented and dedicated crew, and an extraordinary, miraculous cast who inspired us all,’ said creator Terri Minsky.
As Minsky’s statement continued, she noted the show’s groundbreaking existence.
‘We had the honor of breaking a lot of new ground for Disney Channel,’ she said.
‘We were its first serialized show, its first series centered around an Asian American family, and its first to feature an LGBTQ character who spoke the words “I’m gay.” But the best part of making Andi Mack was our audience, who let us know we mattered to them. The series finale is for them.’
In October 2017, character Cyrus (Joshua Rush) came out. It was a first for Disney. In a later season, this time in February 2019, Cyrus said the words ‘I’m gay’ and it was another historical moment for the family-oriented network.
When faced with criticism, Rush had the best response: ‘Gay kids are gonna exist no matter whether you like it or not. And we need to support and love all kids in every way we can.’
Gary Marsh, president of the Disney Channel, said of the cancellation: ‘Three years ago, we challenged Terri Minsky to create a new series that expanded and broadened the Disney Channel brand. And so was born Andi Mack. We are forever grateful to Terri, her talented team and the outstanding cast, led by Peyton Elizabeth Lee, for delivering a meaningful and satisfying conclusion to three wonderful seasons of this brilliant series.’
But fans aren’t happy
The cancellation of yet another diverse show have led fans to share their disappointment and anger on Twitter.
everyone: andi mack had the best ratings on disney channel. why would they cancel it?
— molly (@rainbowuris) April 24, 2019
Many compared it to the recent cancellation of Netflix’s One Day at a Time.
the cancellation of shows like oddat and andi mack relays the message that minority stories don’t matter and aren’t worthy of a proper ending.
— ab ✰ XUXI DAY (@yukhelei) April 24, 2019
The series will officially end on 26 July.