Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has shared the sad news that his sitcom Kim’s Convenience has been cancelled.
The actor has played Jung Kim in the Canadian series since it began in 2016, but he has now revealed that the show has ended after five seasons.
“Disappointing news today,” he tweeted. “I’m heartbroken. I feel like my journey with Jung was cut short. I feel like you, the fans, deserved better. But I’m proud of all that we accomplished together in 5 seasons. Thanks for all your love and support. This isn’t goodbye, only #OKSeeYou.”
The actor accompanied the message with images of a longer statement about the cancellation of Kim’s Convenience, which focused on the Korean-Canadian Kim family as they ran a convenience store in Toronto.
Explaining that the show has been cancelled “for reasons that I’m sure we will get into someday”, he said that he had been “fully expecting to come back for our sixth season”.
“I was probably more excited than I’ve ever been; in many ways I thought Jung would be liberated this coming season, and he would finally get to show some of the growth that I had begged our writers for year after year,” he wrote.
“It pains me that we will never see the full reconciliation between Jung and Appa,” he added. “It pains me that we will never see Jung figure out what he wants to do with his life. Most of all, it pains me that we will never see the Kims all together as a family, bidding farewell to the bodega that has defined their immigrant journey.
“I was all in this year. I wanted to be in every episode. I wanted to participate in the writer’s room. I wanted to direct an episode.
“I feel we deserved better. I feel that you, our most amazing fans, deserved better.”
The actor went on to praise the cast and crew of the show for their achievements, as well as thanking the fans for their “positive messages”.
“If Kim’s Convenience can stand for anything, let it be that amazing things can happen when you open the gates and allow more diverse and authentic stories to be told,” he wrote. “I hope that we can all embody the legacy and spirit of this show, and fight to uplift BIPOC creatives and storytellers whenever and wherever we can.”